ISAF and Afghan forces continue to target the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan network in the northern Afghan province of Takhar that assassinated a member of parliament in a suicide attack last Christmas. From ISAF’s press release:
An Afghan and coalition security force conducted a search for an Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan leader in Dasht-e Qal’ah district, Takhar province, today. The leader was responsible for the Dec. 25, 2011 suicide attack that killed an Afghan government official in Takhar, as well as the movement of weapons, explosives and suicide bombers throughout the area. During the operation the combined force discovered a cache of bomb-making materials which were safely destroyed on site. The security force also detained multiple suspected insurgents during the operation.
One week ago, Afghan’s National Directorate of Security (NDS) captured three Taliban fighters who worked for a Peshawar-based commander known as Qari Abdul Rahim, who was involved in the Christmas day attack and other assassinations in the north [see LWJ report, Afghan intelligence captures 3 members of northern assassination cell]. And on Jan. 30, ISAF and Afghan forces killed Ilhom, an Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan commander who was involved in the same attack and who “facilitated the training of suicide bombers for attacks throughout the area.”