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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

NEWS FROM AFGHANISTAN FOR MARCH 6, 2013

U.S. Army soldiers move down into the Chorah Valley in Chorah in the Tarin Kowt district of Afghanistan's Uruzgan province, Feb. 23, 2013. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Jessi Ann McCormick

FROM: U.S. DEFENSE DEPARTMENT
Combined Force Kills Taliban CommanderFrom an International Security Assistance Force Joint Command News Release

KABUL, Afghanistan, March 6, 2013 - An Afghan and coalition security force killed one insurgent and wounded two others, including a Taliban commander, during an operation in the Giro district of Afghanistan's Ghazni province yesterday, military officials reported.

The deceased Taliban commander had exercised operational control over insurgent fighters in the area and was responsible for improvised explosive device attacks against Afghan and coalition forces, officials said, as well as executing a campaign of fear and intimidation against local citizens.

In other Afghanistan operations yesterday:

-- A combined force killed a Taliban leader, Biragh, in the Marjeh district of Helmand province. Biragh was responsible for conducting IED and small-arms attacks against Afghan and coalition forces. He also commanded multiple fighters and played a crucial role in facilitating weapons to insurgents.

-- A combined force killed a Taliban IED expert, Mushtaq, in the Kunduz district of Kunduz province. Mushtaq, also known as Azizullah or Khalid, was heavily involved in IED operations throughout the province. He personally carried out multiple IED attacks against Afghan and coalition forces, and distributed IEDs to fellow insurgents.