OEF Update, Oct. 22, 2009: Forces in Afghanistan Detain Militants; US Casualty
Dispatches from the Front:
KABUL, Afghanistan, Oct. 22, 2009 -- An Afghan and international joint security force detained almost a dozen suspected militants in Khowst province today after searching a compound known to be used by a Haqqani commander and his element responsible for improvised explosive device and armed attacks in the area.
The joint security force searched compounds near Peru Kheyl village north of Khowst City, after intelligence reports indicated militant activity and detained suspected militants, one of whom was identified as the sought-after Haqqani facilitator and commander. The compound search was conducted without incident.
In another operation today, a joint force detained a couple of suspected militants after searching a compound in Paktya province known to be used as an IED manufacturing facility for militant elements in the region.
The joint security force searched the compound near the village of Tabiban, southwest of Gardez City without incident.
In both operations no shots were fired, and no one was injured.
A U.S. servicemember died of wounds sustained in an improvised explosive device attack in southern Afghanistan, Oct. 21.
(Compiled from NATO International Security Assistance Force news releases.)