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ISAF Joint Command morning operational update: 21 September 2012

North

Afghan and coalition security forces today confirmed the death of Mullah Naim, the senior Taliban leader for Balkh district, following a security operation in Balkh province, Thursday. As the security force approached Mullah Naim’s location, he and one other armed insurgent maneuvered toward the Afghan and coalition troops and displayed hostile intent. The security force positively identified the lethal threat and engaged, killing Mullah Naim and the other armed insurgent. No civilians were harmed during the operation. As the senior Taliban leader for Balkh district, Mullah Naim — also known as Mutaqi, Khodai Nur and Mullah Ayeno — was responsible for insurgent activity throughout the region. He was also believed to be one of the key figures behind a recent improvised explosive device attack in Mazar-e Sharif killing several Afghan civilians. Also known as an IED expert, Mullah Naim recently acquired several IEDs and IED components to conduct attacks throughout the region. The security force also detained one suspected insurgent and seized multiple firearms, grenades and explosives as a result of the operation.

South

Afghan Special Police and coalition security forces killing a few armed insurgents during a vehicle interdiction and narcotics recovery operation yesterday in Nimroz district, Helmand province. When combined forces stopped a few suspicious vehicles they were engaged by enemy fire from the occupants. The troops pushed back the insurgents, killing a few and detaining a small number of attackers. Hidden in the vehicles was 2,680 kilograms of dry opium, 150 kilograms of wet opium, 850 kilograms of brown heroin and one bag of hashish. Weapons were also seized including multiple machine guns along with ammunition and magazines. No Afghan Special Police or coalition casualties were sustained during the operation. The drugs were destroyed.

In Nahr-e Saraj district, Helmand province, an Afghan and coalition security force arrested several suspected insurgents during an operation in search of a Taliban leader, today. The Taliban leader is suspected of conducting insurgent operations throughout northern Helmand, in addition to providing equipment and supplies for attacks on Afghan and coalition forces.

An Afghan and coalition security force detained multiple suspected insurgents during an operation to arrest a senior Taliban leader in Atghar district, Zabul province, today. The Taliban leader is believed to direct insurgent activity and attacks throughout Atghar, and command several dozen insurgent fighters in Zabul.

East

In Pul-e ‘Alam district, Logar province, today, an Afghan and coalition security force arrested a suspected leader of a Haqqani attack cell. The detained Haqqani cell leader is believed to have directed and conducted attacks against Afghan and coalition forces in the district, as well as supporting other Haqqani leaders throughout the region. The attack cell leader’s connections with other Haqqani leaders across the district is alleged to have established an insurgent network which was responsible for multiple attacks including ambushes and indirect fire strikes using mortars. The security force also detained one suspected insurgent as a result of the operation.

An Afghan and coalition security force detained a small number of suspected insurgents and seized an assault rifle during an operation to arrest a Taliban weapons dealer in Sayyidabad district, Wardak province, today. The Taliban weapons dealer is alleged to be responsible for providing weapons, ammunition and improvised explosive devices for insurgent attacks.

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