Senior Taliban leader arrested by Afghan and NATO troops
By Mirwais Adeel - Thu Feb 07 2013, 10:40 am
NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) following a statement announced, “An Afghan and coalition security force arrested a Taliban senior leader in Khugyani district, Nangarhar province, Feb. 6.”
The source further added, “The leader is believed to be a suicide operations facilitator who manages the recruitment, training and movement of insurgents to conduct attacks on Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan officials, as well as Afghan and coalition forces. He is also believed directly associated with several Taliban insider attack insurgents and worked closely with Hezb-e-Islamic Gulbuddin leadership.”
According to ISAF, “He is accused of having taken advantage of his village leadership position to recruit suicide bombers and insider attack facilitators from Wazir Jihadi High School.”
During the operation, the security force also detained one suspected insurgent, ISAF confirmed.
In a separate operation in Nad ‘Ali district, Helmand province, Feb. 6, an Afghan and coalition security force arrested a Taliban leader, ISAF said following the statement adding that the leader is believed to be directly responsible for numerous improvised explosive device and direct fire attacks against Afghan and coalition forces. According to coalition officials, he provided guidance to insurgents, provided regular network updates to Taliban leadership and executed IED emplacements against Afghan National Security Forces.
ISAF following the statement also added, “Afghan and coalition security force arrested a Haqqani facilitator in Sabari district, Khost province, Feb. 6. The facilitator is believed to have supplied insurgents with funds, weapons and equipment to conduct attacks against Afghan and coalition forces in the district. He is also accused of helping finance the purchase of motorcycles, IED materials, weapons, homemade explosives and fuel to support the insurgency. As a result of the operation, the security force also detained three other suspected insurgents and seized multiple rifles with associated ammunition.”
In Pul-e ‘Alam district, Logar province, today, an Afghan and coalition security force arrested a Haqqani facilitator, ISAF said adding that the facilitator is believed to be responsible for the acquisition, transfer and distribution of weapons and IED components for use in attacks against Afghan and coalition forces.
Anti-government armed militant groups yet to comment regarding the reports.