Joint force rescues 27 Afghans from Taliban gulag (HELMAND)
NATO-led forces, acting on intelligence from multiple sources, rescued 27 Afghan men from a Taliban makeshift prison compound near Musa Qaleh in Helmand province on Tuesday. The lair was associated with a Sangin-based Taliban commander. 13 Taliban insurgents were killed when they refused to lay down their weapons while five additional prisoners were killed during a firefight. Whey they found the 27 prisoners they were shackled and wore the physical signs of torture. Many of the 27 freed Afghans were thought to be aid workers.
Taliban kill police chief with vehicle-borne IED (KANDAHAR)
The chief of police of the Daman District of Kandahar province was killed along with 3 other Afghan policemen and one civilian when insurgents pulled alongside the police chief’s vehicle while traveling toward Kandahar city and detonated the explosives-laden vehicle. “This barbaric attack demonstrates the insurgents’ desire to undermine the peace and stability of Afghanistan,” said U.S. Air Force Col. James Dawkins, ISAF Joint Command Combined Joint Operations Center director. “The insurgents continue to offer nothing but pain and suffering to the Afghan people.”
Taliban commander killed with precision air strike (KANDAHAR)
Coalition forces conducted a precision air strike in Kandahar province Tuesday killing a Taliban commander by the name of “Aqua” who planned and coordinated improvised explosive device attacks against Afghan civilians and Afghan and coalition forces. Coalition forces conducted the precision air strike against the Talib leader in a remote field near Arghandab district. “Aqua planned, facilitated and conducted egregious acts against the Afghan people,” said U.S. Army Col. Rafael Torres, International Security Assistance Force Joint Command Combined Joint Operations Center director. “We’ve made it a top priority to bring to justice those purposefully harming the peaceful people of Afghanistan.”
12 Taliban insurgents killed – including senior commander (LOGAR)
Afghan and coalition forces killed 12 Taliban insurgents and a senior militant leader during an operation in Logar province south of Kabul on Wednesday. The target of the offensive was a Taliban commander associated with the Kabul Attack Network, Qari Muir, who had formerly held several Taliban positions including deputy shadow governor, military commander and intelligence chief for Logar province.
Taliban commander and three insurgents killed (KUNAR)
NATO troops killed a Taliban commander during a raid on his house in eastern Kunar province last night. Four family members of the commander, including his wife and daughter were wounded during the operation. The troops arrested four suspected militants from the house. Separately in Kunar, an Afghan and U.S.-led contingent killed three insurgents and detained several others on Wednesday according to the ISAF.
Afghanistan has the world’s least- secure food supplies
Afghanistan topped a list of 163 nations in Maplecroft’s Food Security Risk Index while the next 11 least secure food supplies belong to African nations. “The ongoing conflict in Afghanistan impacts infrastructure readiness, and the capability for distribution of supplies is greatly reduced,” Fiona Place, environmental analyst at Bath, England-based Maplecroft, said in a phone interview. “It’s the impact on the road networks and the telecommunications infrastructure.” The analyst produced its ranking using data from 12 indicators, including cereal production, food aid, economic output per capita and inflation. The north European nations of Finland, Sweden, Denmark and Norway rank as the countries with the most secure food supply. Canada has the fifth most-secure supply, and the U.S. came sixth.
Marines are building trust with Afghans in Helmand
Afghan archaeologists discover Buddhist temple near Kabul
Anti-American protest erupts after NATO kills father and son during night raid
Petraeus on Meet the Press: Afghanistan could become a Silk Road or extremist sanctuary
For other Afghanistan Headlines Examiner articles, click here.
For Geopolitics Examiner articles, click here.
Get the latest Afghanistan headlines delivered straight to your inbox. Just click the SUBSCRIBE button located at the top of the article to the right of the author’s picture.