21 Jan. 2009
PR# 2009-060

ISAF successfully targets Taliban leader

KABUL, Afghanistan - ISAF forces killed a prominent insurgent leader in the Maywand district of Kandahar Province. Haji Adam, a senior Taliban figure in central Helmand, was killed in a precise air strike.

Haji Adam was directly involved in the movement of fighters, improvised explosive device production, and in the planning and execution of attacks. He was also engaged in the illegal narcotics trade in the Sangin area of Helmand, using the profits to fund insurgent activity.

Haji Adam had strong links to senior Taliban leaders Akhter Mohammed Mansour, Mullah Naim Barich and Attiqullah.

The operation took place in an isolated area between Maywand and Sangin.  Prior to force being used, careful checks were carried out to ensure no civilians were in the vicinity of the attack.

“The death of Haji Adam, the latest in a series of prominent Taliban figures to be removed, signals another serious blow to the insurgency,” said Brigadier General Richard Blanchette, ISAF Spokesperson.

“This will have an immediate impact on Taliban attempts to continue their vicious tactics in Helmand,” he said.

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