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Taliban, Haqqani leaders arrested in Afghan operations: ISAF

By Ghanizada - Sat Feb 09 2013, 1:40 pm

Taliban commander1Afghan and coalition security forces arrested Taliban and Haqqani Network leaders during joint military operations in eastern and southern provinces of Afghanistan.

According to a statement released by International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), “An Afghan and coalition security force arrested a Haqqani leader in Sabari district, Khost province, Feb. 8.”

The source further added, “The detained Haqqani leader is believed responsible for conducting direct attacks on Afghan and coalition forces. He is also accused of being involved in weapons and ammunition facilitation and coordinated the transfer of improvised explosive devices and weapon systems.”

The statement also added, “The security force also detained one suspected insurgent and seized a large amount of IED-making materials, homemade explosives, rocket-propelled grenade ammunition, multiple hand grenades, machine gun ammunition, mortar rocket charges and 150 rounds of loose ammunition as a result of the operation.”

According to ISAF, Afghan and coalition security force arrested a Taliban facilitator in Khash Rod district, Nimroz province, Feb. 8. The detained Taliban facilitator is believed to have coordinated the movement of lethal aid, weapons and ammunition to insurgent networks throughout Nad ‘Ali district, Helmand province. He is accused of being directly responsible for preparing, organizing and transporting a large shipment of illegal material, and directing fighters in ambush attacks against Afghan and coalition forces. During the operation, the security force also detained one other suspected insurgent.

In a separate operation, Afghan and coalition forces confirmed Feb. 8 the arrest of a Taliban leader during a security operation in Panjwa’i district, Kandahar province, FEb. 8, ISAF said adding that the detained Taliban leader, who operated out of central Kandahar City, is believed responsible for organizing IED operations targeting Afghan and coalition forces, to include coordinating the movement of IED materials into the province and then the transfer and distribution of this material to Taliban insurgents.
The security force also detained two suspected insurgents as a result of the operation.

ISAF also added Afghan and coalition security force arrested an Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan leader in Burkah district, Baghlan province, Feb. 8. The detained IMU leader is believed to have overseen intelligence operations for an IMU network and for coordinating IED emplacement in the province.
He is also accused of being a Taliban facilitator who provided safe haven for Taliban insurgents traveling through Burkah district. During the operation, the security force also detained one suspected insurgent.

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