NATO drone crash in Helmand province of Afghanistan
By Sayed Jawad - Wed Dec 12 2012, 10:18 am
The incident took place in Nava district early Wednesday. This comes as another NATO drone crashed in Pashtun Zarghoon district nearly two weeks back in western Herat province of Afghanistan.
Nawa district is among the volatile region in southern Helman province of Afghanistan where Taliban militants are actively operating and carry out insurgency activities.
According to the military stats revealed last month the U.S. had launched some 333 drone strikes in Afghanistan thus far in 2012. That made Afghanistan the epicenter of U.S. drone attacks. But it turns out those stats were off, according to revised ones released by the Air Force, there have actually been 447 drone strikes in Afghanistan this year. That means drone strikes represent 11.5 percent of the entire air war — up from about 5 percent last year.
In the meantime Afghan and coalition security force arrested a Taliban leader and detained three suspected insurgents during an operation in Ghazni district, Ghazni province on Wednesday, NATO-led International Security Assistance Force said following a statement.
The source further added, the leader controlled a group of insurgents responsible for attacks against Afghan and coalition forces and oversaw the transportation of supplies and weapons to insurgents. At the time of his arrest he was involved in planning a suicide attack.
In a separate operation in Kunduz district, Kunduz province, today, an Afghan and coalition security force arrested a local Taliban leader who purchased and distributed weapons and improvised explosive devices to insurgents. As a local leader, he controlled a small group of insurgents who emplaced IEDs in Archi district, Kunduz province.
fghan and coalition security force arrested a Taliban leader and detained two suspected insurgents during an operation in Panjwa’i district, Kandahar province, ISAF said following the statement adding that the leader emplaced improvised explosive devices and coordinated attacks against Afghan and coalition forces.
ISAF also said Afghan and coalition officials confirmed that the Taliban leader, Luqman, was arrested during an operation in Shahid-e-Hasas district, Uruzgan province, Dec 6. Lugman controlled a group of insurgents who operated in the district and was directly involved in the acquisition of weapons.