23 Mar. 2009
PR# 2009-277

ISAF troops successfully target well-known insurgent

KABUL, Afghanistan - International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) troops killed a well-known insurgent member near Kajaki, northern Helmand on 21 March. Maulawi Hassan was killed, along with nine of his  associates, during an operation that targeted his compound.

Maulawi Hassan was a senior insurgent figure in northern Helmand, and his influence extended into western Uruzgan. He became known for his insurgent activities in the autumn of 2008 and was heavily involved in several illegal activities, including Improvised Explosive Device (IED) and suicide IED attacks, in northern Helmand.

Maulawi Hassan answered to senior Taliban Mullah Rahmatullah who directs insurgent activity from outside Afghanistan. Mullah Rahmatullah replaced Abdhul Wali Akhund, who was killed by ISAF troops in the summer of 2008.

The precision operation took place in an isolated compound near Kajaki, northern Helmand. Checks were carried out to ensure that no civilians were in the targeted location. Several weapons and IED components were discovered during the operation.

Commander Paula Rowe, spokesperson for Task Force Helmand, said: “The death of Maulawi Hassan, the latest in a series of prominent insurgents and IED-facilitators, signals another serious blow to the insurgency. The quick reaction and professionalism of ISAF troops has also stopped the weapons and IED components being used to cause death or serious injury. These devices are used indiscriminately and often kill and maim local people.”

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