Special Ops Soldiers Capture Enemy Leaders in Afghanistan
Special Ops Soldiers Capture Enemy Leaders in
American Forces Press Service
Washington D.C. -- (AFPS) June 28, 2004 -- Coalition special operations
forces raided two anti-coalition compounds and captured two top regional enemy
leaders in pre- dawn missions June 26 in southern Afghanistan, a news release
from the coalition military command reported today.
The enemy leaders surrendered as coalition forces surprised the insurgents,
the news release said. Captured are Abdul Hafiz Majid and Mohammed Daud, who the
release identified as Taliban leaders.
Coalition officials have evidence indicating the captured pair was supplying
arms to insurgents, conducting rocket attacks on military forces, attacking
non-governmental aid organizations, funding ambushes and trafficking opium, the
In the release, Combined Forces Command Afghanistan officials said that in
areas where anti-coalition forces have been removed over the past year, Combined
Joint Special Operations Task Force A has spent almost $1.5 million to build
schools, wells, clinics, roads and mosques to improve the quality of life for
Afghans looking to the future.
More than 1,000 Afghan patients receive weekly medical care from coalition
special operations medics and attached special ops personnel, including Civil
Affairs doctors and physician assistants based in remote village areas in
Afghanistan, the news release added.
In a written statement, coalition officials in Afghanistan condemned the June
26 bombing of a Joint Electoral Management Body bus near Jalalabad that killed
two women and wounded 14 more people.
The coalition evacuated those needing hospitalization to the hospital at
Bagram Air Field, the statement said. "This attack on Afghan women working to
build a democracy for Afghanistan will not stop registration in the greater
Afghanistan," the statement went on to say.
More than 4.5 million Afghans have registered to vote, accpording to the
coalition statement. The region attacked is second only to the region around the
national capital of Kabul in voter registration, with close to 600,000
registered voters, 35 percent of whom are women, the statement added.
Coalition officials used the same statement to provide details of other
recent operations and events in Afghanistan:
Soldiers of the Afghan National Army deployed to Ghor province in central
Afghanistan on June 24 to resolve a dispute there between rival military forces.
The ANA battalion, about 200 strong, along with their embedded U.S. trainers,
arrived in the provincial capital city of Chaghcharan to the cheers of the
As with deployments of ANA troops to Maimana and Herat earlier this year, the
ANA soldiers were able to re-assert the authority of the national government
peacefully. The commander of the force deployed to Ghor province, ANA Gen.
Aminullah Paktiyanai, explained that his mission was "to ensure peace and bring
about security" in the capital and his troops had the resources to prevent any
further fighting. "War against the Afghan National Army is war against the
Afghan nation as well as against the United Nations," he added.
The Kabul Military Hospital has upgraded the medical care it provides to its
patients, thanks to a multi-million dollar donation of modern equipment by the
The 400-bed hospital, also known as the Chahar Sad Bastari Hospital, received
400 new beds, carts, intravenous stands, X-ray machines, film processors, six
new anesthesia machines, an ultrasound machine, a defibrillator and patient
monitors. Medical specialists from the United States, Turkey and Denmark are
training the Afghan hospital staff on these new items of equipment.
Among the staffers at the hospital are a number of medical specialists who
have either transferred from the Afghan Militia Force to the Afghan National
Army or who have applied to do so.