Combined Force Captures 2 Taliban Leaders

KABUL, Afghanistan, Feb. 14, 2012 – An Afghan and coalition security force captured two Taliban leaders and a suspected insurgent during an operation in the Maidan Shar district of Afghanistan’s Wardak province today, military officials reported.

Both captured Taliban leaders directed attacks against Afghan government officials, and acquired and built improvised explosive devices for use in attacks, officials said.

In other Afghanistan operations today:

— A combined force in Helmand province’s Musa Qal’ah district captured a Taliban leader who coordinated direct-fire and roadside-bomb attacks in the Musa Qal’ah and Sangin districts.

— In the Shinwar district of Nangarhar province, a combined force captured a Taliban facilitator who distributed explosives, firearms and ammunition to insurgents throughout the province.

From an International Security Assistance Force Joint Command News Release