Scanning for the bad guys
Sgt. Jonathan Sweetnan, Bulldog Troop, White Platoon, looks through his rifle scope to scan for insurgents during a reconnaissance patrol near Combat Outpost Delorean, Bala Murghab, Baghdis province, Afghanistan, Jan. 9, 2011. Sweetnan led one of the four fire teams on the patrol and all four teams came under accurate small-arms fire. Insurgents also launched a large-scale attack on COP Delorean Jan. 6, from this field and two other areas.

KABUL, Afghanistan, Jan. 10, 2011 -- Afghan and coalition forces targeted Taliban and Haqqani Network leaders for their involvement in attacks against Afghan and coalition forces, detaining several suspected insurgents in Kunduz, Logar and Kandahar provinces yesterday.

In Kunduz, Afghan and coalition forces targeted a Taliban facilitator during a security operation, detaining two suspected insurgents.

The targeted Taliban facilitator is responsible for the distribution and use of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and suicide vehicle-borne IEDs in the province. He is directly associated with the Kunduz Taliban shadow governor and deputy shadow governor and maintains contact with other Taliban insurgents throughout Afghanistan.

A joint security force followed intelligence reports to the targeted compound in the district. Afghan forces called for all occupants to exit the buildings peacefully before the joint security force cleared and secured the buildings. After initial questioning at the scene, the security force detained the suspected insurgents.

Security forces continued to pursue the targeted insurgent for his involvement in the Dec. 19 attack against an Afghan National Security Force recruiting center in Kunduz City, which resulted in eight Afghan National Security Force deaths.

In Logar province, Afghan and coalition forces targeted a Haqqani Network insurgent who facilitates weapons into Charkh district for insurgent attacks on coalition forces, detaining one suspected insurgent during a security operation.

The targeted Haqqani Network facilitator is based in Paktiya and Khost provinces. Recent reporting indicates he provided weapons for attacks with other Haqqani Network insurgents in the district.

Security forces followed leads to the target location in the district, where Afghan forces called for all occupants to exit the buildings peacefully before conducting a search. One suspected insurgent was detained after initial questioning at the scene.

In Kandahar province, Afghan and coalition forces conducted a deliberate clearance of Taliban leaders in the Daman district, detaining two suspected insurgents during a security operation.

The security force targeted Taliban leaders who operate within Kandahar province, in an effort to deny them freedom of movement and safe havens in the province.

Security forces followed leads to the target location in the district, where Afghan forces called for all occupants to exit the buildings peacefully before conducting a search. Two suspected insurgent was detained after initial questioning at the scene.

The security force conducted these operations without firing their weapons and no women or children were injured or detained.

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