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KABUL, Afghanistan — A combined Afghan and coalition security force killed two insurgents and detained one suspected insurgent during an operation in search of a Haqqani network leader in Yahya Khel district, Paktika province, yesterday.

 The leader oversees multiple insurgent fighting cells and is responsible for numerous attacks against Afghan forces.

 The security force observed two armed insurgents during the operation. Assessing an immediate threat, the security force engaged, killing the individuals.

 Multiple weapons and bomb making materials were seized by the security force during the operation.

 In other International Security Assistance Force news throughout Afghanistan:

 South

 A combined Afghan and coalition patrol killed multiple insurgents and detained two other insurgents during an operation in Baghran district, Helmand province, yesterday. During the operation, insurgents fired at the combined patrol. Assessing the threat, the patrol returned fire, killing multiple insurgents. 8,800 pounds (4,000 kilograms) of poppy seeds, 66 pounds, (30 kilograms) of opium and a quantity of small arms were seized by the security force. The narcotics material and weapons were safely destroyed on site.

 In Tarin Kot district, Uruzgan province, a combined Afghan and coalition patrol killed two insurgents and detained numerous other insurgents during an operation to disrupt an insurgent network yesterday. Upon arriving in the area, the combined patrol was engaged by insurgents with small arms fire. The patrol returned fire resulting in the two insurgents killed. The patrol also seized a quantity of small arms, which were safely destroyed on site.

 A combined Afghan and coalition security patrol discovered a large improvised explosive device during an operation in Zharay district, Kandahar province, yesterday. The IED was located just inside the entry to a local compound, presenting a direct threat to the local population. The combined force requested assistance from an explosive ordnance disposal team, which safely destroyed the IED resulting in one uninhabited building damaged. No civilians were harmed during the operation.

 A combined Afghan and coalition security force detained multiple suspected insurgents during an operation in search of Taliban facilitator in Sangin district, Helmand province, yesterday. The facilitator distributes weapons and explosives throughout the Sangin district and plans roadside bomb attacks against coalition forces. Additionally, he coordinates the movement of insurgent fighters from Ghorak to Sangin and directs them in attacks throughout the district.

 East

 In Shinwar district, Nangarhar province, a weapons cache was turned over to Afghan forces as part of a local disarmament program yesterday. The cache consisted of two rocket-propelled grenades launchers, eight RPGs, one mortar tube, 74 82 mm mortar rounds, one recoilless rifle, three heavy machine guns, 90 12.7 mm rounds, and various weapon mounts. All of the weapons were turned over to local police officials for inventory.

 A combined Afghan and coalition security force detained multiple suspected insurgents during an operation in search of a Haqqani network leader in Sabari district, Khost province, yesterday. The leader distributes rockets, firearms, and roadside bomb components, as well as, plans attacks throughout Sabari district.

 During a routine security patrol in Ghazni district, Ghazni province, a combined Afghan and coalition force observed multiple suspected insurgents unloading AK-47s and RPGs from a container yesterday. Assessing an imminent threat, the combined force requested close air support to engage the insurgent position resulting in several insurgents killed and a building destroyed. The combined force assessed that no civilians were harmed during the operation. In addition, multiple rifles and RPGs were seized by the force and turned over to local police officials

/ Jim Guthrie

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