Afghan, Coalition Force Detains Haqqani Leader

KABUL, Afghanistan, Aug. 4, 2011 — A com­bined Afghan and coali­tion secu­ri­ty force detained a Haqqani net­work leader yes­ter­day dur­ing a secu­ri­ty oper­a­tion in the Sper­ah dis­trict of Afghanistan’s Khost province, mil­i­tary offi­cials report­ed.

The detained leader was respon­si­ble for direct­ing more than 250 fight­ers, includ­ing Uzbek for­eign fight­ers, in attacks against Afghan gov­ern­ment offi­cials and sol­diers. He also planned and coor­di­nat­ed sev­er­al attacks on the Sper­ah Dis­trict Cen­ter.

In oth­er Afghanistan oper­a­tions yes­ter­day:

– In the Bagh­lan-e Jadid dis­trict of Bagh­lan province, an Afghan and coali­tion force detained a Tal­iban facil­i­ta­tor and an asso­ciate. The detained facil­i­ta­tor is linked to the move­ment of Tal­iban fight­ers and road­side bomb mate­ri­als.

– A com­bined Afghan and coali­tion secu­ri­ty force detained sev­er­al sus­pects while search­ing for a Tal­iban facil­i­ta­tor in the Arghandab dis­trict of Kan­da­har province. The facil­i­ta­tor is linked to the acqui­si­tion of road­side bomb mate­ri­als and weapons.

– Also in Kan­da­har, a com­bined Afghan and coali­tion force detained a Tal­iban facil­i­ta­tor and sev­er­al asso­ciates dur­ing a secu­ri­ty oper­a­tion in the Arghandab dis­trict. The facil­i­ta­tor was respon­si­ble for road­side bomb attacks against Afghan secu­ri­ty forces.

– A com­bined Afghan and coali­tion secu­ri­ty force detained two sus­pect­ed Tal­iban mem­bers in the Nahr-e Saraj dis­trict of Hel­mand province.

– In the Zur­mat dis­trict of Pak­tiya province, a com­bined Afghan and coali­tion secu­ri­ty force detained two sus­pects while search­ing for a Haqqani net­work leader. The leader directs road­side bomb and oth­er attacks against Afghan and coali­tion forces in the dis­trict.

– A com­bined Afghan and coali­tion secu­ri­ty force detained two sus­pects in the Ter­ayzai dis­trict of Khost province. The oper­a­tion tar­get­ed a Haqqani net­work leader who’s linked to the build­ing and emplace­ment of road­side bombs.

Source:
From an Inter­na­tion­al Secu­ri­ty Assis­tance Force Joint Com­mand News Release