A senior member of the Kabul Attack Network was killed yesterday during a Coalition airstrike in the central Afghan province.
The commander, who was identified as Nur Mohammed, was described as “a senior commander involved in improvised explosive device and suicide attacks in Kabul city,” in an International Security Assistance Force press release.
Mohammed and two associates were killed in “a precision airstrike” in the district of Musahi in Kabul province. A Coalition ground security force followed up the airstrike and recovered the bodies of Mohammed and the two Taliban fighters. “The security force also found multiple automatic weapons, grenades and IED material, including multiple remote IED triggers and blasting caps in the insurgents’ possession.”
“Officials confirmed he [Mohammed] conducted attacks and was planning imminent attacks in Kabul city prior to the Sept. 18 elections,” ISAF stated.
Mohammed was a member of the Kabul Attack Network, a US military officer told The Long War Journal. The Kabul Attack Network is the Taliban group responsible for carrying out attacks in and around the Afghan capital. It is made up of fighters from the Taliban, the Haqqani Network, and Hizb-i-Islami Gulbuddin, and cooperates with terror groups such as the Lashkar-e-Taiba and al Qaeda. Top Afghan intelligence officials have linked the Kabul Attack Network to Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence directorate as well.
The Kabul Attack Network is led by Dawood (or Daud) and Taj Mir Jawad, military and intelligence officials told The Long War Journal. Dawood is the Taliban’s shadow governor for Kabul, while Taj Mir Jawad is a top commander in the Haqqani Network. In the US military files recently released by Wikileaks, Taj Mir Jawad is identified as a top Haqqani Network leader.
ISAF and Afghan forces have been targeting the Kabul Attack Network over the past several months. Most recently, on Aug. 26, combined forces captured Zia Ul Haq, a senior Taliban commander operating in Logar province who was responsible for the facilitation of foreign fighters and suicide bombers into Kabul.