Combined Force Captures Taliban Leader

KABUL, Afghanistan, Nov. 28, 2011 — A com­bined Afghan and coali­tion secu­ri­ty force cap­tured a Tal­iban leader and some sus­pect­ed insur­gents in the Mar­jah dis­trict of Afghanistan’s Hel­mand province yes­ter­day, mil­i­tary offi­cials report­ed.

The insur­gent leader was involved in nar­cotics traf­fick­ing and road­side-bomb attacks and oth­er oper­a­tions in the province, offi­cials said.

In oth­er Afghanistan oper­a­tions yes­ter­day:

— A com­bined force detained two sus­pects dur­ing a search for a Tal­iban facil­i­ta­tor in the Kun­duz dis­trict of Kun­duz province. The facil­i­ta­tor dis­trib­utes road­side bombs and directs attacks against Afghan forces.

— A com­bined force cap­tured a Tal­iban leader and some sus­pects in the Dand dis­trict of Kan­da­har province. The leader dis­trib­uted road­side bombs for use in attacks through­out the area.

— A com­bined force detained sev­er­al sus­pects and seized 50 blast­ing caps, a bot­tle con­tain­ing high-explo­sive mate­r­i­al, a rock­et-pro­pelled-grenade con­tain­er, a video cam­era, six video­tapes, wiring and a hand-held radio in the Dilah dis­trict of Pak­ti­ka province.

From an Inter­na­tion­al Secu­ri­ty Assis­tance Force Joint Com­mand News Release