13 Feb 2007

PR# 2007-102

ISAF air strike targets known senior Taliban leader in Northern Helmand

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan – Today, at 3:20 a.m. ISAF conducted a precision air strike against a known senior Taliban leader in Northern Helmand. The precision-guided munitions impacted on target, an isolated sprawling compound between the districts of Musa Qala and Kajaki. Without causing further collateral damage, one building in the compound was fully destroyed.

The senior Taliban leader that is believed to have been killed in the strike was linked to the Musa Qala uprising and disturbances across Northern Helmand. He was personally responsible for yesterday’s attack at Kajaki Dam.

This successful air strike follows a pattern of air strikes on known insurgent sites. It is also part of the ongoing Government of Afghanistan and ISAF operations to create a secure environment around the Kajaki Dam.

“We have removed yet another Taliban enemy leader who will no longer threaten the peace and security of the Afghan people and their future,” said Lt. Col. Angela Billings, HQ ISAF spokesperson. “This is a further demonstration of the Government of Afghanistan and ISAF’s support to the Governor and people of Helmand province.”

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