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Forces Kill Terrorists in Takhar Province

Compiled from International Security Assistance Force Joint Command News Releases

WASHINGTON, May 18, 2011 – Combined forces killed four armed insurgents in an operation yesterday in the Taloqan district of Afghanistan’s Takhar province, military officials reported.

Troops were searching for an Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan terrorist leader and weapons trafficker when a woman armed with an assault rifle and wearing an ammunition chest rack attempted to engage them. The security force shot and killed her just before another armed woman brandished a weapon at the troops. She also was gunned down immediately. A man and a third woman, both armed, then emerged from a nearby house and were killed after ignoring the troops’ call to put down their weapons, officials said.

Forces also detained two suspected insurgents who were seen fleeing the arIa.

In other news yesterday throughout Afghanistan:

-- Security forces in Paktika province’s Orgun district captured several insurgents, including a Haqqani network terrorist leader responsible for providing a safe haven for terrorist networks in the area.

-- Force detained numerous suspected insurgents in Kandahar province’s Panjwai district while searching for the senior Taliban military commander.

-- Afghan and coalition forces detained several suspected insurgents in Logar province’s Baraki Barak district while searching for Taliban bomb cell leader and weapons trafficker.

-- A combined force in Khost province’s Sabari district captured two suspected insurgents with alleged ties to a Haqqani terrorist network leader.

-- In Badghis province’s Murghab district, troops detained two suspected insurgents while searching for a senior Taliban leader who commands at least 10 insurgent fighters.

-- In Helmand province’s Kajaki district, troops detained a suspected insurgent while searching for a Taliban leader known for planning attacks against security forces.

In operations May 16:

-- Forces killed several enemy fighters after being ambushed in Paktika province’s Mota Khan district. Troops also confiscated 19 hand grenades, three assault rifles with ammunition, two motorcycles, two cell phones and a rocket-propelled grenade launcher.

-- Combined forces killed several insurgents in a gun battle while conducting a routine security patrol in Ghazni province’s Qarah Bagh district.

-- In Paktika province’s Bermal district, troops seized 10 rocket-propelled grenade round propellants, seven RPGs, three RPG launchers, two hand grenades and a thermal sight.

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