Taliban Networks Targeted In Special Forces Operations

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Issued by Ministerial Support and Public Affairs, Department of Defence, Canberra, ACT

Phone: 02 6127 1999, Fax: 02 6265 1545

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Monday, 17 May 2010

Taliban networks targeted in Special Forces operations

Taliban insurgent networks have suffered a series of blows with three commanders

killed in Oruzgan in the past week.

Mullah Jalil, an insurgent commander known to be responsible for Improvised

Explosive Device (IED) attacks against Coalition soldiers operating from Multi-

National Base Tarin Kowt, has been shot and killed in an Afghan National Security

Force led operation supported by the Special Operatons Task Group (SOTG).

Several components used to manufacture IEDs were recovered during the incident. 

The Taliban leader believed to be responsible for the IED that killed two Dutch

soldiers on the 17th of April, Abdul Malik has also been killed in a Special Forces


The recent operations in the Deh Rafshan area will disrupt Taliban activities.

Additionally, the last known Taliban leader in the Gizab district was also killed in a

combined operation over the weekend, which will allow the Afghan Government to

continue to restore services to the locals.

The Commanding Officer of the Australian Special Operations Task Group, said the

operations are examples of the successful training and partnering with Afghan

security forces by Australian forces in Afghanistan. 

“Every time we remove an insurgent leader, we make the area safer for Afghan

civilians and help the Afghan government forces to regain control of their

communities from the Taliban.”

In the past month, the SOTG and its partnered Afghan National Security Force

element have also detained two key insurgent leaders who operated in the Mirabad

and Gizab regions of Oruzgan Province.

In a separate incident, three soldiers have been wounded when a Bushmaster

Protected Mobility Vehicle struck an IED. The soldiers are medically assessed as

being in a satisfactory condition and have spoken with their families. As operations

are ongoing, no further information is able to be released.

For more information on Australia’s operations in Afghanistan go to:

Media contact: Defence Media Liaison: (02) 6127 1999 or 0408 498 664

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