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September 11, 2009

Mainlining Bill Roggio – Summer 2009 – Week 4 – Volume 7

Filed under: Defense News,Enemy Profiles,Summer 2009 — huntingnasrallah @ 11:17 pm

Mainlining Bill Roggio – Summer 2009 – Week 4 – Volume 7

http://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2009/07/us_raids_haqqani_net.php

US, Afghan forces overrun Haqqani Network ‘encampment’ in Paktia
By Bill Roggio
July 17, 2009 11:59 AM

The US and Afghan military have continued attacks against the Haqqani Network in eastern Afghanistan despite a threat from the group that a captured US soldier would be executed if the raids did not cease.

Last night, US and Afghan forces conducted two major raids in Paktia and Logar provinces. The raids were aimed at taking down the leadership of the Haqqani Network and gathering intelligence on the location of the captured US soldier.

The biggest raid took place against an “enemy encampment” situated “in the remote reaches of Paktia province,” the US military said in a press release. The operation was carried out about 20 miles southeast of Gardez City, and was designed to stem the flow of foreign fighters and weapons moving from Pakistan’s Taliban-controlled tribal agencies of North and South Waziristan through the Khost-Gardez Pass to the capital of Kabul.

The combined force killed “several” Haqqani Network fighters in firefights and with air support after repeatedly taking fire while moving to assault the Haqqani base. Several massive weapons caches were destroyed after US and Afghan forces overran the base.

Afghan and Coalition forces also conducted a targeted raid against a Haqqani Network safe house near the village of Ebad in Logar province. The compound is known to be used by a Haqqani commander to make roadside bombs. Three suspected Haqqani Network fighters were detained during the raid.

The US military conducted the raids the same day that Mullah Sangeen Zadran, a senior commander in the Haqqani Network, threatened to kill a US soldier unless Coalition forces end operations in two districts in Paktika and Ghazni provinces in eastern Afghanistan. The soldier was captured June 30 after walking away from his combat outpost in Paktika province.

The US military has issued fliers in Paktia and Ghazni provinces, urging Afghans to provide intelligence on the location of the missing soldier. But the soldier may have been moved already into North Waziristan, a US intelligence official familiar with the search told The Long War Journal.

Operations against the Haqqanis have intensified over the past two months

The US military has heavily targeted the Haqqani Network over the past two months. US and Afghan forces have conducted raids against the Haqqani Network on a near-daily basis over the timeframe. Overall military commander Sirajuddin Haqqani as well as Sangeen have been directly targeted during raids and strikes in both Afghanistan and Pakistan.

On May 28, US and Afghan forces assaulted a heavily defended fort in the mountains in the Wor Mamay district in the eastern province of Paktika near the Pakistani border. Twenty-nine Haqqani Network fighters, including six failed suicide bombers, were killed during the raid. Sangeen, the target of the raid, escaped.

Siraj and Sangeen were also the targets of US airstrikes in South Waziristan in June.
Several strikes occurred after the US received information that Siraj was attending a high-level al Qaeda and Taliban meeting to advise a Pakistani Taliban leader on his options against the Pakistani military [see LWJ report Senior Taliban leaders targeted in yesterday’s Predator strikes]. In another strike, Sangeen, Baitullah Mehsud, and his deputy Qari Hussain Mehsud were targeted at the funeral of a mid-level Taliban commander in South Waziristan.
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Extended Notes (Roggio’s Links)
1) http://www.dvidshub.net/?script=news/news_show.php&id=36464

Afghan, Coalition Forces Destroys Haqqani Stronghold in Paktya
U.S. Forces Afghanistan  
Courtesy Story
Date: 07.17.2009
Posted: 07.17.2009 02:38

KABUL, Afghanistan – Afghan and coalition forces searched an enemy encampment last night in the remote reaches of Paktya province in an effort to disrupt the Haqqani-coordinated flow of foreign fighters and weapons through the Khowst-Gardez Pass.

The force targeted the site, about 35 kilometers southeast of the city of Gardez, after intelligence indicated militant activity. The force was engaged by small-arms fire from hostile militants on several different occasions throughout the operation. The force used direct fire and close air support to repel the attacks from militants.

Several enemy militants were killed during the engagement. The force continued the search and uncovered large munitions caches throughout the enemy encampment. All munitions were destroyed in place.

The Haqqani network remains one of the most lethal Taliban organizations operating out of Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Area. Haqqani leaders conduct operations in conjunction with other Islamic militant groups with similar goals and interests. The network focuses operations against the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and Afghan national security forces and seeks to expel coalition and NATO forces from Afghanistan to maintain its influence in eastern provinces.

 

2) http://www.dvidshub.net/?script=news/news_show.php&id=36466

Afghan, Coalition Forces Continue to Disrupt Haqqani Network in Logar
U.S. Forces Afghanistan  
Courtesy Story
Date: 07.17.2009
Posted: 07.17.2009 02:43

KABUL, Afghanistan – Afghan and coalition forces searched a compound in Logar province last night thought to be used by a known Haqqani commander as an improvised explosive device-making cell for attacks on coalition and Afghan security forces.

The force targeted the compound near the village of Ebad, about 65 kilometers southwest of Kabul, after intelligence indicated militant activity. The force conducted the search without incident and confiscated one AK-47 and one chest rack. Three suspected militants were detained.

The Haqqani network remains one of the most lethal Taliban organizations operating out of Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Area. Haqqani leaders conduct operations in conjunction with other Islamic militant groups with similar goals and interests. The network focuses operations against the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and Afghan national security forces and seeks to expel coalition and NATO forces from Afghanistan to maintain its influence in eastern provinces.

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