Afghanistan — Afghan-Led Security Force Detains Taliban Commander in Wardak

KABUL, Afghanistan — An Afghan and coali­tion secu­ri­ty force killed sev­er­al sus­pect­ed insur­gents and detained many more, includ­ing a Tal­iban com­man­der, in War­dak province Wednes­day.

The com­man­der con­duct­ed impro­vised explo­sive device, direct fire and indi­rect fire attacks against Afghan civil­ians, and Afghan and coali­tion forces. The secu­ri­ty force tar­get­ed a series of com­pounds in Zarin Rhankhel in Sayyid­abad dis­trict to search for the com­man­der. As the secu­ri­ty force approached the area, sev­er­al sus­pect­ed insur­gents showed hos­tile intent from one of the tar­get­ed com­pounds. The assault force engaged the threat, killing the men. After secur­ing the com­pound, the assault force detained one sus­pect­ed insur­gent. At a series of com­pounds near­by, Afghan forces called for all res­i­dents to exit each of the com­pounds peace­ful­ly and then secured the area. After ques­tion­ing the res­i­dents, the assault force iden­ti­fied and detained the com­man­der and three addi­tion­al sus­pect­ed insurgents. 

“This cap­ture will severe­ly degrade Tal­iban oper­a­tions in the Tan­gi and Shehk­abad dis­trict. Now one less crim­i­nal is on the streets endan­ger­ing Afghan civil­ians with his indis­crim­i­nate IED attacks,” said U.S. Army Col. Rafael Tor­res, Inter­na­tion­al Secu­ri­ty Assis­tance Force Joint Com­mand Com­bined Joint Oper­a­tions Cen­ter director. 

The secu­ri­ty force pro­tect­ed the women and chil­dren through­out the search. 

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