Both the enemy and Coalition were busy leading up to the Elections on the 18th. The enemy were busy planting IED's and getting caught at it but that points to the liklihood of greater than normal explosions on election day. The Coalition launched successful operations across several Provinces, while confirming that Juma Gul, a Taliban Commander was amongst the 8 dead in Konduz Wednesday and that a UAV went down in Takhar Province, due to technical difficulties.
In Farah Province a recon bird spotted some roadside bombers planting explosives, followed them back to their compound and launched an air assault. When the enemy proved greater in number than expected, they sent aerial platforms to take it out.
In Badghis, it was the ANP who noticed a suspicious motorcycle and the agent of death acting wierd. He was unable to complete his mission of killing civilians. In Logar a bombmaker and his partner were also captured.
In Herat, the enemy blew up civilian election workers, three of whom were taken to a hospital for treatment, while the good buys collected up the ballots and delivered them to the polls.
In Khowst, the good guys captured an Haqqani terrorist that attacked Afghan Civilians, along with his life parner. And in Uruzgan, several more bad guys along with their wares of death were captured. ISAF Joint Command Details Follow:
KABUL - While on routine aerial patrol, Afghan and coalition forces spotted insurgents emplacing improvised explosive devices along Route 515 near Soltan e Bakwah in the Bakwah District of Farah province Sept. 17.
An aerial reconnaissance asset spotted the insurgents emplacing IEDs along the road and followed the insurgents back to their compound.
An Afghan and coalition security force rapid response element then moved to the insurgent location.
As the combined force landed by helicopter and approached the insurgent compound, they received heavy, persistent and accurate small-arms fire from multiple locations. The force decided to call for close-air support to allow them to move back to the helicopters. The insurgents continued to fire at the combined force and helicopters as they departed the area.
The close-air support aircraft continued to receive heavy small-arms fire and multiple hits to the aircraft as they provided cover to the extracting force. The aircraft continued to fire at the insurgent compound until the insurgent fire ceased.
KABUL - Multiple intelligence sources and tips from local citizens led a joint Afghan National Security and coalition force patrol to the location of a wanted insurgent, who then led the force to two other targets, in Kabul Thursday.
The man was wanted for ties to an insurgent logistics network active in Kabul and Parwan provinces.
Acting on an Afghan warrant, the force moved to the target compound and detained the suspected insurgent. In the same compound, the force found five 50 kilogram bags of ammonium nitrate, a common ingredient in home-made explosives. The individual tested positive for handling explosives. Afghan authorities confiscated the explosives.
During questioning, the man helped point the force towards a suspect at a separate location. The patrol moved to the new location and as they prepared to enter the compound, one man ran out of the building attempting to evade the patrol. He was captured and identified as one of the targets. The other target was found during a search of the building.
Also found in the search was one SKS rifle and two vehicles similar to station wagon. Both detainees tested positive for handling explosives.
The detainees were taken by Afghan authorities to a local police station for processing and further questioning.
KABUL - A combined Afghan and coalition security force detained a suspected insurgent believed to be planning a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device attack near a polling center in the village of Bala Murghab in Badghis province Sept. 17.
Afghan National Police members spotted a suspicious motorbike in the village's bazaar, located near a clinic and a school. The police immediately cordoned off the area as a safety precaution. The motorbike had a container filled with explosives and a laptop battery attached to it.
Coalition forces detained an individual carrying a remote control device and a mobile phone in the vicinity. The force handed the individual over to Afghan authorities for processing.
A coalition explosive ordnance disposal team disposed of the explosive device.
KABUL - Multiple intelligence sources and tips from local citizens led a joint Afghan National Security and coalition force patrol to the location of a known insurgent bomb maker, who was arrested in Mohammad Agha District, Logar province today.
Afghan national security and coalition forces surrounded the insurgent's house and then detained him and another unknown associate without incident.
The insurgent bomb maker identified himself to Afghan security and coalition forces. He and his associate were taken to Afghan police headquarters for processing.
KABUL - Afghan and coalition forces recovered election ballots from an Independent Election Commission vehicle damaged by an improvised explosive device in the Shindand District of Herat province Sept. 17.
The Afghan National Police cordoned off the area around the vehicle and evacuated three wounded Afghan civilians to a nearby hospital.
The combined force recovered the ballots from the scene of the blast and completed the distribution to designated polling centers.
KABUL- Afghan and coalition security forces detained two insurgents in Khost province overnight including a Haqqani Network commander who was actively planning attacks for the upcoming elections.
The commander coordinated and conducted attacks against Afghan civilians and Afghan and coalition forces. He also engaged in propaganda campaigns from a local madrassa.
Based on intelligence reports, the security force targeted a compound in the village of Baday in Bak District to search for the commander. Afghan forces used a loudspeaker to call for all occupants
to exit the buildings peacefully and then the combined security force cleared and secured the compound.
After questioning the residents at the scene, the security force detained the commander and one of his associates.
The security force did not fire their weapons and they protected the women and children for the duration of the search.
KABUL - Multiple intelligence sources and tips from local citizens led a joint Afghan National Security and coalition force patrol to the location of a known improvised explosive device facilitator near Kakarak, Uruzgan province Thursday.
Afghan and coalition forces secured the suspected insurgent compound peacefully and detained several suspected insurgents. Forces found IED initiators and more than 40 kilograms of explosives.
Though the targeted facilitator was not at the location, indicators led the Afghan and coalition force to conclude the suspected insurgent was nearby.
The force moved to the suspected-insurgent location and secured the compound. They detained suspected insurgent and received information of a cache site nearby.
After moving to the cache site they found small-arm weapons and additional IED making materials, including 26 anti-personnel mines, numerous pressure-plate initiators, plastic explosives, numbers rocket-propelled grenades, artillery shells, grenades and blasting caps.
Upon leaving the cache site, the force received small-arms fire from two insurgents a few hundred meters away. They returned fire and the insurgents withdrew. The forces left the area without further incident.
All weapons and explosives were destroyed in place.
KABUL - The International Security Assistance Force confirmed Juma Gul, the Taliban district commander for Aliabad District of Kunduz province, was among eight insurgents killed during an Afghan and coalition force operation Wednesday.
The commander was actively planning attacks during the parliamentary elections Saturday.
"The Afghan people deserve to cast their votes without fear of attacks from the insurgent groups; we are continuously tracking them and taking action before they're able to carry out their plans," said U.S. Army Col. Rafael Torres, ISAF Joint Command Combined Joint Operations Center director.
Coalition forces tracked the targeted individual to an open field in remote Chahar Darah District where he was having a meeting with several armed insurgents. After careful planning to ensure no civilians were present, coalition aircraft conducted a precision air strike followed by direct fire engagements against the group.
A follow-on ground force dispatched to the engagement area to assess the results. Two insurgents still at the scene fired at the force and the assault force returned fire, killing them.
An inspection of the area confirmed six insurgents were also killed in the air engagements. They also discovered and destroyed a rocket-propelled grenade launcher with multiple rounds, along with multiple weapons, magazines and grenades at the scene.
KABUL - An International Security Assistance Force unmanned aerial system went down in Takhar province today.
The system was remotely piloted from a ground station and contains no weapons or intelligence data that could be exploited by enemy forces.
The UAS lost altitude due to technical problems.
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Combined force detains suspected IED trigger man in Badghis