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ISAF Joint Command morning operational update: 20 September 2012

North

An Afghan and coalition security force killed two armed insurgents during an operation to arrest a senior Taliban leader in Balkh district, Balkh province, today. As the security force approached the Taliban leader’s suspected location, two armed insurgents maneuvered toward the Afghan and coalition troops and displayed hostile intent. The security force positively identified the lethal threat and engaged, killing both armed insurgents. No civilians were harmed during the operation. The security force also detained one suspected insurgent and seized multiple firearms and grenades as a result of the operation.

South

An Afghan and coalition force arrested a Taliban informant in Khakrez district, Kandahar province, today. The detained informant is suspected of acquiring and providing information regarding Afghan and coalition security operations to Taliban leaders operating throughout the region, as well as providing guidance for improvised explosive device attacks. The security force also detained one alleged insurgent and seized several kilograms of explosive material as a result of the operation.

East

An Afghan-led security force, supported by coalition troops, detained a few suspected insurgents and seized multiple firearms and during an operation to arrest a Haqqani leader in Bak district, Khost province, today. The leader is believed to coordinate attacks throughout the region, specializing in the use of improvised explosive devices.

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