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BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – Since the middle of November, Afghan National Security Forces with assistance from International Security Assistance Force and Coalition forces have continued to remove militants from eastern Afghanistan, creating a safer environment for the Afghan people.
Between Nov. 16 and Dec. 25, more than 23 key insurgents, mostly Taliban and Haqqani network senior leaders, known for leading the planning and undertaking of deadly attacks directed towards Afghan citizens, Afghan government officials, ANSF and Coalition forces, as well facilitating the trafficking of fighters, weapons, explosives and money to support their terrorist activities, have either been killed or captured.
“We are continuing to work with our Afghan partners to protect the Afghan people by removing those personnel who pose a direct threat to the Afghan people,” said Lt. Col. Clarence Counts, Jr., Combined Joint Task Force - 82 and Regional Command (East) spokesman. “These militants used violence, fear, and intimidation to continue directing their attacks against innocent civilians as well as the very institutions that will inevitably establish security and prosperity in Afghanistan for all Afghans.”
Some of the militants killed between mid-November and Mid-December include;
Malawi Abdul Qadir, a Taliban sub commander under Hajji Ghafour in the Do Ab district, Nuristan province, was killed Nov. 14 in Kalagush, Nuristan. Qadir commanded up to more than 100 Taliban fighters and was involved in planning future attacks on Coalition forces.
Qari Farooq, killed Nov. 19, was a Taliban Commander and IED facilitator in Chowkay, Konar province known for participating and carrying out attacks against Coalition forces within the region.
Ishaq, a Haqqani Facilitator known for trafficking weapons, IEDs and VBIEDs was killed Nov. 19 in Sabari district, Khost province.
Dowron, the Taliban commander of the Pech River Valley was killed Nov. 26 in Konar province. Dowron had ties to multiple Al-Qaeda members and was involved in attacks on ANSF and Coalition forces and bases, as well as Afghan civilians.
Qari Masiullah, the Al-Qaeda chief of security for Konar province was killed Dec. 1. Masiullah ran a training camp that taught insurgents how to use and emplace IEDs that were used in attacks on Afghan civilians, ANSF and Coalition forces throughout the Nangarhar, Nuristan, Konar and Laghman provinces.
Noor Akbar, a HQN enabler in Sabari District, Khost Province, was killed Nov. 18. Akbar was directly involved with coordinating and participating in attacks against Coalition forces.
Khatib, a Taliban-affiliated facilitator of suicide bombers, IEDs, and large quantities of explosives into Laghman Province, was killed Dec. 6. Khatib specialized in coordinating suicide bombings and VBIEDs.
Dr. Zakir, a Taliban facilitator and IED cell member in Laghman Province, was killed Dec. 6. Dr. Zakir facilitated suicide bombers from Pakistan.
Ehsanullah, a Taliban-affiliated facilitator of suicide bombers, IEDs, and large quantities of explosives into Laghman Province, was killed Dec. 6.
Mullah Buzorg, a Taliban facilitator and IED cell member in Laghman Province, was killed Dec. 6.
Mohammed Hussein, a Taliban-affiliated facilitator of suicide bombers, IEDs, and large quantities of explosives into Laghman Province, was killed Dec. 6.
Engineer Hikmat, a Taliban commander/facilitator in Logar and Wardak provinces, was killed Nov. 16. He was responsible for multiple attacks, specifically rocket and IED attacks on Election Day.
Baryali, a Taliban enabler in Wardak Province, was killed Nov. 17. He was involved in numerous anti- Coalition forces activities, to include coordinating several attacks against Coalition forces.
Maulawi Sharif, a Taliban facilitator in Wardak Province, was killed Nov. 18. He was responsible for the planning and execution of numerous attacks against Coalition forces, as well as the local population.
Mohammad Baryali, a Taliban sub-commander in Wardak, was killed Dec. 20. He was responsible for numerous attacks on Coalition forces and ANSF.
Ahmad, a Taliban sub-commander in Ghazni Province, was killed Dec. 21. He was responsible for the planning and execution of numerous attacks on Coalition forces.
Abdul Wali, a Taliban sub-commander operating in Paktya, was killed Dec. 22. He was responsible for multiple attacks on Coalition forces.
Ghulam Farouq, a Taliban/HIG commander in the Konar River Valley, was killed Dec. 23. He was an associate of Bakht Ali and was involved in numerous attacks on Coalition forces and ANSF.
Rohullah, a Taliban sub-commander in Wardak Province, was killed Dec. 25. He was involved in numerous attacks on Coalition forces and was a close associate of Mohammed Baryali, killed on Dec. 20.
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