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ISAF Joint Command morning operational update: 17 September 2012

East

Afghan and coalition forces today confirmed the death of Asadullah, an al-Qaida-associated facilitator, during a security operation in Asadabad district, Kunar province, Saturday. Asadullah was positively identified during an Afghan and coalition security operation and engaged with a precision airstrike after it was determined no civilians were in the area. Asadullah supported operations of terrorist networks, organizing and conducting attacks against Afghan and coalition forces in the Watahpur Valley. He is also believed to be behind an Aug. 8 suicide attack. A post-strike assessment determined no civilians were harmed and there was no damage to civilian structures.

Afghan and coalition forces today confirmed the death of Mullah Jalal, the Taliban leader for Ghaziabad district, Kunar province, during a security operation Saturday. The security force positively identified Mullah Jalal during the operation in northeastern Kunar and, after determining no civilians were in the area, engaged him with a precision airstrike. Mullah Jalal is suspected of controlling all Taliban activity in Ghaziabad and, prior to his death, issued plans to increase attacks against Afghan and coalition security forces. He also met frequently with other Taliban senior leaders to discuss strategies against the local Afghan forces. At the time of the airstrike, Mullah Jalal and multiple armed insurgents were preparing attacks on nearby Afghan security forces. Several of the armed insurgents were also killed during the operation. A post-strike assessment determined no civilians were harmed and there was no damage to civilian structures.

An Afghan and coalition security force killed Rashid, a Taliban attack specialist, during a security operation in Sayyidabad district, Wardak province, today. As the security force approached Rashid’s location, the attack specialist and several armed insurgents fired upon the Afghan and coalition troops. The security force returned fire, killing Rashid and several other insurgents. No civilians were harmed in the exchange. Rashid, also known as Zubair, is believed to have planned and conducted several ambush-style attacks against Afghan and coalition forces in recent months. He had been known to use mortars, heavy machine guns and mines to conduct these ambush attacks. At the time of his death, the Rashid was involved in attempting to acquire additional weapons to support further insurgent attacks in the region. The security force also detained one suspected insurgent and seized several assault rifles as a result of this operation.

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