Afghanistan — Forces Disrupt Terrorists in Nangarhar Province

WASHINGTON, May 6, 2011 — Com­bined forces yes­ter­day cap­tured a Tal­iban leader and three of his asso­ciates dur­ing an oper­a­tion in the Bati Kot dis­trict of Afghanistan’s Nan­garhar province.
The cap­tured insur­gents were want­ed for launch­ing attacks on secu­ri­ty forces in the area. Based on tips from local res­i­dents, troops found the insur­gents, who are linked to bomb-mak­ing activ­i­ties. Secu­ri­ty forces also detained sev­er­al oth­er sus­pect­ed insur­gents in the operation. 

In oth­er oper­a­tions yes­ter­day through­out Afghanistan:

— Afghan and coali­tion forces cap­tured three sus­pect­ed insur­gents, includ­ing a Hezb‑e Isla­mi Gul­bud­din net­work ter­ror­ist recruiter in Khost province’s Bak district. 

— Secu­ri­ty forces in Kan­da­har province’s Mai­wand dis­trict detained a Tal­iban leader and sev­er­al oth­er sus­pect­ed insur­gents. The leader is respon­si­ble for coor­di­nat­ing attacks through­out the province’s Mai­wand and Zharay districts. 

— In Ghazni province’s Gelan dis­trict, troops cap­tured a Tal­iban leader respon­si­ble for pro­vid­ing bomb-mak­ing mate­ri­als and intel­li­gence infor­ma­tion to insur­gent fight­ers to use against secu­ri­ty forces along High­way 1. 

— Secu­ri­ty forces found sev­er­al weapons stock­piles. Oper­a­tions result­ed in seizure of 15,432 pounds of ammo­ni­um nitrate — a banned fer­til­iz­er used to make explo­sives — as well as six rock­et-pro­pelled grenades. 

Com­piled from Inter­na­tion­al Secu­ri­ty Assis­tance Force Joint Com­mand News Releases 

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