Afghan, Coalition Forces Capture Insurgents

KABUL, Afghanistan, Aug. 11, 2011 – Afghan and coalition forces detained multiple insurgent fighters in security operations throughout Afghanistan yesterday, military officials reported.

In the Maiwand district of Kandahar province, a combined force detained a Taliban leader and two of his associates. The leader coordinated attacks and distributed lethal aid to insurgents in the province’s Panjwai district.

In other recent operations:

— A combined force in Kandahar province’s provincial capital yesterday detained a Taliban operator responsible for acquiring and distributing lethal weapons to insurgents in the Zhari and Panjwai districts, along with one of his associates.

— In Helmand province’s Nahr-e Saraj district, a combined force detained several suspected insurgents yesterday during an operation targeting a Taliban leader who builds roadside bombs, provides logistical support to other leaders and reports to Taliban leaders in Pakistan.

— Also in Helmand, a combined patrol detained two insurgents in the Nad-e Ali district Aug. 9. The patrol seized 159 pounds of opium and a suicide vest. The narcotics were safely destroyed.

— A combined force detained two suspected insurgents during a search for a Taliban member in the Shah Joy district of Zabul province. The man is responsible for attacks against Afghan and coalition forces.

From an International Security Assistance Force Joint Command News Release