Taliban leaders killed, arrested and IEDs seized in Afghanistan

BY JIM KOURI

Spc. Brendon Brown and Spc. Stacia Brown spend time together during a visit Dec. 26, here. Brendon, a member of the Combined Task Force 4-2 (4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division) commander�s personal security detachment, and Stacia, a preventative medicine specialist, are deployed to Afghanistan together in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Kimberly Hackbarth, 4th SBCT, 2nd Infantry Division Public Affairs Office)
Spc. Brendon Brown and Spc. Stacia Brown spend time together during a visit. Brendon, a member of the Combined Task Force 4-2 commander’s personal security detachment, and Stacia, a preventative medicine specialist, are deployed to Afghanistan together.
Credits: Sgt. Kimberly Hackbarth, 4th SBCT, 2nd Infantry Division Public Affairs Office

Taliban leader Mubariz Jaan was killed by a U.S.-led counterterrorism unit on Thursday, according to the ISAF (International Security Assistance Force).

Mubariz Jaan was responsible for gathering intelligence and directing attacks against Afghan civilians and government officials. Prior to his death, Mubariz Jaan was coordinating attacks against Afghan police in the province.

In addition, American-led security force on Wednesday arrested a Taliban leader in the Shah Wali Kot district of Afghanistan’s Kandahar province, according to U.S. police advisors.

According to sources, prior to his arrest, the accused Taliban leader allegedly smuggled a variety of weapons and thousands of rounds of ammunition to terrorists in the central and southwest regions. He also allegedly planned and coordinated improvised explosive device (IED) attacks targeting Afghan and coalition forces.

Afghan police commandos also seized IED-making materials during the operation.

In a separate counterterrorism operation on Wednesday, a combined force arrested a member of the Haqqani network in Logar province.

The arrested Haqqani insurgent had allegedly planned and executed attacks against Afghan government officials as well as security forces. He is also accused of smuggling weapons and providing financial resources to Haqqani fighters operating in the Pul-e ‘Alam district.

Meanwhile a Haqqani network leader in the Sabari district of Khost province was captured and detained with several other terrorism suspects. The coalition forces reported the seizure of multiple weapons, as well. The Haqqani leader planned and executed direct-fire and IED attacks against Afghan and coalition forces and oversaw IED roadside emplacements within the district.


The Moral Liberal Contributing Editor, Jim Kouri, CPP, is the fifth Vice President and Public Information Officer of the National Association of Chiefs of Police, has served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country. Contact Jim.