KABUL, Afghanistan - An Afghan and coalition security force killed a Taliban improvised explosive device expert, Zekeria, during a security operation in Chahar Darah district, Kunduz province, Feb. 21.

Zekeria's IEDs were used to attack Afghan and coalition forces. His death will significantly degrade the ability of insurgents to conduct attacks in Charhar Darah district.

During the operation, the security force observed Zekeria conducting insurgent activity. The security force engaged the insurgent with a precision strike, killing him.

In other International Security Assistance Force news throughout Afghanistan:

East

Afghan and coalition forces confirmed today the death of a Taliban leader, Habib, during an operation in Charkh district, Logar province, Feb. 20. Habib was responsible for weapons facilitation in Charkh district. He also was instrumental in planning attacks against Afghan and coalition forces. The security force engaged the insurgent with a precision strike, killing him.