Combined Force Captures Taliban Leader

WASHINGTON, Dec. 14, 2011 — A com­bined Afghan and coali­tion secu­ri­ty force cap­tured a Tal­iban leader dur­ing an oper­a­tion in the Kan­da­har dis­trict of Afghanistan’s Kan­da­har province today, mil­i­tary offi­cials report­ed.

The insur­gent leader con­struct­ed road­side bombs and also sup­plied insur­gents with grenades and rock­ets. One oth­er sus­pect­ed insur­gent was detained dur­ing the operation.

In oth­er Afghanistan oper­a­tions today:

— A com­bined force cap­tured a Tal­iban facil­i­ta­tor and detained sev­er­al oth­er sus­pects in the Kan­da­har dis­trict of Kan­da­har province. The facil­i­ta­tor moved and emplaced road­side bombs through­out Kan­da­har City.

— In the Zur­mat dis­trict of Pak­tiya province, a com­bined force cap­tured a Tal­iban leader and detained sev­er­al oth­er sus­pects. The leader con­struct­ed and stored explo­sives and con­duct­ed road­side bomb attacks against Afghan forces in the Zur­mat and Gardez districts.

— A com­bined force cap­tured a Haqqani car bomb facil­i­ta­tor and detained one oth­er sus­pect in the Pul‑e ‘Alam dis­trict of Log­ar province. The facil­i­ta­tor was involved in an attack in Log­ar province ear­li­er this month that killed one civil­ian and wound­ed nine others.

In yesterday’s Afghanistan operations:

— A coali­tion airstrike killed sev­er­al insur­gents as they were observed emplac­ing an impro­vised explo­sive device in the Sayyid­abad dis­trict of War­dak province.

— Com­bined forces seized two weapons caches in the Nahr‑e Saraj dis­trict of Hel­mand province. The first cache con­tained one 107mm rock­et, 100 rounds of .50-cal­iber ammu­ni­tion, two rock­et-pro­pelled grenades, sev­en RPG boost­ers, one com­mu­ni­ca­tion scan­ner and about 14 pounds of explo­sive mate­r­i­al. The sec­ond cache con­tained about 33 pounds of explo­sive mate­r­i­al, two mobile phones, 20 det­o­na­tors and a roll of det­o­na­tion cord.

— A com­bined patrol seized a weapons cache con­tain­ing two anti-per­son­nel mines and 11 hand grenades in the Kan­da­har dis­trict of Kan­da­har province.

— A com­bined patrol found sev­er­al IEDs in the Nawah-ye Barakzai dis­trict of Hel­mand province.

— In the Ter­ayzai dis­trict of Khost province, a com­bined patrol found a weapons cache con­tain­ing two AK-47 rifles, 12 mag­a­zines of ammu­ni­tion, three ammu­ni­tion vests, 800 rounds of small-arms ammu­ni­tion, one RPG boost­er and 110 pounds of explo­sive materials. 

Com­piled from Inter­na­tion­al Secu­ri­ty Assis­tance Force Joint Com­mand News Releases 

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