Combined Forces Capture Insurgent Leaders

WASHINGTON, Jan. 6, 2012 — Com­bined Afghan and coali­tion secu­ri­ty forces cap­tured two insur­gent lead­ers in Afghanistan today, mil­i­tary offi­cials report­ed.

A com­bined force in Hel­mand province’s Nahr‑e Saraj dis­trict cap­tured a Tal­iban leader who has built road­side bombs and trained insur­gent fight­ers for attacks against coali­tion forces. Two oth­er sus­pect­ed insur­gents were detained dur­ing the oper­a­tion.

In Khost province’s Sabari dis­trict, Khost province, a com­bined force cap­tured a Haqqani net­work leader who pro­cured weapons for insur­gent fight­ers and con­duct­ed road­side-bomb attacks. The secu­ri­ty force seized weapons, bomb-mak­ing mate­ri­als and detained oth­er insur­gents dur­ing the oper­a­tion.

In oth­er news from Afghanistan, a coali­tion patrol in Hel­mand province’s Nahr‑e Saraj dis­trict found and seized var­i­ous bomb-mak­ing com­po­nents yes­ter­day.

Also yes­ter­day, a com­bined force found and destroyed about 2,420 pounds of hashish and about 880 pounds of mar­i­jua­na seeds dur­ing a rou­tine patrol yes­ter­day in Kan­da­har province’s Pan­jwai dis­trict.

In oth­er news, an insur­gent bomb attack today at a bazaar in Uruz­gan province’s cap­i­tal of Tarin Kot killed sev­en civil­ians – six of them chil­dren – and wound­ed many oth­ers, Inter­na­tion­al Secu­ri­ty Assis­tance Force offi­cials report­ed.

Marine Corps Gen. John R. Allen, ISAF com­man­der, issued a state­ment con­demn­ing the attack.

“On behalf of every mem­ber of ISAF, I’d like to extend our most sin­cere con­do­lences to the fam­i­lies and friends of the vic­tims of today’s attack,” Allen said. “This was a bru­tal and repug­nant act per­pe­trat­ed by ter­ror­ists, and anoth­er trag­ic instance of their bla­tant dis­re­gard for inno­cent Afghan life as they indis­crim­i­nate­ly use vio­lence to intim­i­date the Afghan peo­ple to achieve their own aims.

“Through­out Afghanistan,” he con­tin­ued, “such vio­lent acts are only sow­ing greater resent­ment among the Afghan peo­ple, who are brave­ly and coura­geous­ly work­ing to build a more hope­ful and peace­ful Afghanistan.”

Com­piled from Inter­na­tion­al Secu­ri­ty Assis­tance Force and ISAF Joint Com­mand News Releas­es

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