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271000Z TF 2 FURY REPORTS BEHEADING IN GELAN
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SUMMARY- On 27 MAR 07, B Co/ 2-508 arrived north of Ghazi Kheyl at 1000Z after receiving reports at FOB Warrior of a beheading in the vicinity of the pressure plate IED our 3rd PLT struck on 22 MAR 07. B element arrived at the site (42S UB 77686 15352) and found around 20 local nationals gathered around the body of Mohamad Zahir Khan from Babud. They attempted to talk to a village leader, but could not find one. The main person they talked with was Mohamad Shah, the victims uncle. He gave the victims name, hometown, and that he was killed by the Taliban late at night on 26 MAR 07. While many local nationals (LNs) agreed that the victim was killed by the Taliban, none knew anything about the incident. The ANP chased away approximately 10 (LNS), insisting that the LNs knew exactly what had happened. These 10 LNs retreated northwest to Hasan (42S UB 772 156) The victim was covered lying on the ground, feet lying towards the east. His head was placed on his abdomen, and oriented towards his feet. The body had not begun to smell or show decay and the medic found no bruising or lacerations on the torso, hands, or head or the victim. His body was left only a few feet from where the IED that hit our 3rd PLT was planted. Two Night Letters left with the victim stated that the victim had worked for the Afghan Government in Gazni and expressed pro- Coalition sympathies. He had recently preached against the Taliban at a local mosque. As a punishment for his association with the Afghan Government and Coalition forces, the victim was beheaded. The letters also stated that anyone who moved the body would also be killed. As a result, our medic placed the body in a body bag and turned it over to the Gelan ANP, in accordance with the uncle''s wishes. The victims uncle and the Gelan ANP placed stones over the site where the victim was left by the Taliban. ASSESSMENT- B/2-508 PIR believes there is a strong Taliban, anti-CF cell operating in a 6x6 km area east of Hasan. This is supported by recent attacks against US forces in this area dating back to last fall, to include coordinated ambushes, several IED attacks, weapons caches findings, and attacks against local nationals. Intelligence also suggests that there is a Taliban C2 element led by vetted target Jamaal Uddin, operating out of Spedar (42S UB 813 157). FUTURE ACTIONS- In order to ensure security in this area and promote economic progress, B Co will conduct overwatch positions in areas of known Taliban activity and will utilize the ANP to help capture or kill Taliban operatives in the area. In addition, B Co will conduct in-depth PMESII assessments of Hasan, Ghazi Kheyl, Spedar, Khtak, and Lawang, in order to help improve the quality of life in these villages and flush out Taliban operatives.