Combined Force Captures Taliban Leader

WASHINGTON, Sept. 2, 2011 — A com­bined Afghan and coali­tion secu­ri­ty force yes­ter­day detained a Tal­iban leader and an asso­ciate dur­ing an oper­a­tion in the Mar­jah dis­trict of Afghanistan’s Hel­mand province, mil­i­tary offi­cials report­ed.

The leader was respon­si­ble for threat­en­ing to kill Afghan civil­ians and con­duct­ing attacks against Afghan secu­ri­ty forces.

In oth­er Afghanistan news yes­ter­day:

— Com­bined forces killed six insur­gents, detained six oth­ers and seized a weapons cache dur­ing sep­a­rate oper­a­tions across Region­al Com­mand East. The cache con­tained three inert rock­et-pro­pelled grenades, two 155 mm cas­ings, impro­vised explo­sive device parts and spent small-arms cas­ings.

— A remote­ly pilot­ed air­craft crashed in the Giro dis­trict of Ghazni province in east­ern Afghanistan. Coali­tion troops recov­ered the air­craft. No ene­my activ­i­ty was report­ed in the area at the time of the crash. The inci­dent is under inves­ti­ga­tion.

— In the Burkah dis­trict of Bagh­lan province, a com­bined force detained mul­ti­ple sus­pects while tar­get­ing an Islam­ic Move­ment of Uzbek­istan facil­i­ta­tor who is respon­si­ble for financ­ing insur­gent attacks and is direct­ly asso­ci­at­ed with senior IMU lead­ers based in Pak­istan.

— A coali­tion patrol dis­cov­ered an IED cache in the Gardez dis­trict of Pak­tia province. The cache con­tained a 70-pound com­mand-wire IED, var­i­ous IED-mak­ing mate­ri­als and 1,000 pounds of explo­sives. The explo­sives are slat­ed for destruc­tion.

Com­piled from Inter­na­tion­al Secu­ri­ty Assis­tance Force Joint Com­mand News Releas­es