JOWZJAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan- (Story by Staff Sgt. JaJuan Broadnax) Afghan Local Police helped reclaim a checkpoint from Taliban insurgents Sept. 6 in Jowzjan province’s Darzab district.
An unknown number of insurgents earlier that day overran the checkpoint and assumed control. The Taliban triumph was short-lived, however, as Afghan Local Police, Afghan National Police and Afghan National Army from Darzab massed a successful counter attack just a few hours later.
The combined force engaged the insurgents, causing them to immediately flee. There were no reports of civilian casualties or structural damage from the operation.
HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan – (Story by Staff Sgt. Osvaldo Equite) Afghan Commandos treated a
4-year-old boy shot by Taliban insurgents Sept. 7 during ongoing combat operations in Helmand.
Glu Jan rushed his son Sharifullah through sporadic gun fire in the Musa Qaleh district before reaching safety with the 7th Special Operations Kandak Commandos. The father explained the Taliban opened fire on his family with no regard for their well-being. The young boy received a
gunshot wound to his inner left leg, according to reports from the Commandos.
Commandos immediately treated the child’s wound to help control the bleeding, and then arranged for transportation so the father could take the child to a nearby hospital.
BAGLAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan- (Story by Staff Sgt. JaJuan Broadnax) Afghan National Army Special Forces captured four insurgents, including two Taliban leaders Sept. 5 during a raid in Baghlan Province’s Pul-e Khumi district.
ANASF captured Abdul Aziz, a former Afghan Local Police commander who stole 30 weapons before leaving to join enemy forces in September 2012. For the past year, he’s been planning and
carrying out attacks on ALP and Afghan National Security Forces throughout the district.
Afghan forces surrounded Aziz’s compound and called for his surrender. There was no response, but an Afghan Special Forces soldier noticed a man brandishing a weapon. The Afghan soldier employed a grenade, which led to the raid. A gunfight ensued resulting in one Taliban killed.
Aziz and three others were detained. It was later confirmed that Bismullah, also a known-Taliban commander, was among the detainees. The killed insurgent was identified by the others as Hussein Paiwan, also a known-Taliban militant. Afghan forces confiscated a shotgun, pistol, six hand grenades and six cell phones.
The detainees and Paiwan’s body were turned over to the Baghlan provincial National Defense Security. There were no reports of civilian casualties or structural damages as a result of the
HERAT PROVINCE, Afghanistan – (Story by Staff Sgt. Richard Lower) Afghan National Army Special Forces and commandos from the 9th Special Operations Kandak conducted the unit’s first
Afghan-controlled helicopter assault Sept. 7 in Obeh district’s Shurgerd village.
Afghan soldiers landed just outside of the village and immediately established a perimeter and searched for insurgents.
Although the operation yielded no insurgents or significant weapons, 9th SOK soldiers independently planned and executed the mission. Afghan soldiers searched for enemy fighters suspected of attacking Afghan and coalition security forces in the district.
“The Taliban know they are in for a fight when they see our soldiers, so they run” said Col. Mir Abdullah, operations officer for the 2nd Special Operations Brigade -- higher headquarters for 9th SOK. “They are afraid of the ‘red berets’, as they call us.”
The 9th SOK soldiers met with Shurgerd village elders following the search to discuss the village’s
security concerns. Elders expressed their gratitude for the kandak’s actions against the Taliban and for the Afghan National Police checkpoint located just outside the village.
KABUL, Afghanistan - (ISAF Joint Command) We are aware of reports of allegations of civilian casualties in Watahpur, Kunar. We take all allegations of civilian casualties seriously. We can confirm coalition forces' conducted a precision strike Sept. 7 in Watahpur district Kunar province, resulting in 10 enemy forces killed. At this time, we have no reports of any civilian casualties in regards to this incident. We are continuing to look into the incident and will provide updates as appropriate.
KABUL, Afghanistan (September 2) – (ISAF Joint Command) Our initial assessment of this morning's events, which occurred in the vicinity of a forward operating base located in Nangarhar province, is that it was an attempted but unsuccessful coordinated attack by enemy forces. There were three enemy forces killed during the attack. We can confirm that no ISAF personnel were killed as a result of this incident. We are still assessing situation and will release more information as it becomes available.