Afghanistan — Combined Patrol Captures Taliban Commander

KABUL, Afghanistan, June 18, 2010 — An Afghan-inter­na­tion­al force cap­tured a Tal­iban com­man­der in Afghanistan’s Zab­ul province last night, mil­i­tary offi­cials report­ed.

The com­man­der is respon­si­ble for coor­di­nat­ing and assist­ing in attacks against Afghan and inter­na­tion­al forces and has also been involved in the pro­cure­ment and emplace­ment of road­side bombs, offi­cials said.

The sus­pect was detained while the secu­ri­ty force searched a com­pound in the province’s Shah Joy dis­trict after intel­li­gence sources con­firmed insur­gent activ­i­ty. The com­bined force pro­tect­ed sev­er­al women and chil­dren dur­ing the oper­a­tion, offi­cials said, and no shots were fired.

A sep­a­rate Afghan-inter­na­tion­al secu­ri­ty force detained two sus­pect­ed insur­gents in Kan­da­har province last night while pur­su­ing a Tal­iban sub­com­man­der respon­si­ble for coor­di­nat­ing road­side-bomb attacks and ambush­es against coali­tion forces in the province’s Arghandab dis­trict.

The com­bined secu­ri­ty force searched a num­ber of com­pounds in the province’s Zhari dis­trict after intel­li­gence sources con­firmed insur­gent activ­i­ty. No shots were fired dur­ing the search, offi­cials said.

From an Inter­na­tion­al Secu­ri­ty Assis­tance Force Joint Com­mand News Release