Forces Arrest Haqqani Terrorists in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON, March 16, 2011 — Afghan and coali­tion forces cap­tured two Haqqani net­work ter­ror­ists and detained sev­er­al oth­er sus­pect­ed insur­gents yes­ter­day in the Sabari dis­trict of Afghanistan’s Khost province, mil­i­tary offi­cials report­ed.
Secu­ri­ty forces found the ter­ror­ists based on tips from local res­i­dents, offi­cials said.

In oth­er oper­a­tions yes­ter­day through­out Afghanistan: 

— Secu­ri­ty forces detained sev­er­al sus­pect­ed insur­gents, includ­ing a Haqqani net­work ter­ror­ist linked to plan­ning sui­cide bomb­ings, indoc­tri­na­tion of net­work mem­bers and train­ing, in Pak­ti­ka province’s Orgun district. 

— Troops detained sev­er­al sus­pect­ed insur­gents, includ­ing a Hezb‑e Isla­mi Gul­bud­din ter­ror­ist leader who leads a large group of for­eign and Tal­iban fight­ers, in Nan­garhar province’s Kyo­gyani district. 

— Forces in Khost province’s Sabari dis­trict cap­tured a Haqqani net­work ter­ror­ist and a sus­pect­ed insur­gent. The Haqqani ter­ror­ist is a weapons expert and traf­fick­er who recent­ly coor­di­nat­ed the kid­nap­ping of a local man to use his vehi­cle as a car bomb. 

— In Khost province’s Nadir Shah Kot dis­trict, troops found a weapons stock­pile with 50 auto­mat­ic machine-gun rounds, 30 pounds of home­made explo­sives, 30 pounds of pro­pel­lant, nine mor­tars and rock­ets, sev­en anti-per­son­nel mines and assort­ed bomb-mak­ing materials. 

In oper­a­tions March 15: 

— Afghan and coali­tion forces killed sev­er­al armed insur­gents and detained anoth­er while search­ing for a Tal­iban leader in Hel­mand province’s Wash­er dis­trict. The ene­my fight­ers ambushed the patrolling troops, but were over­whelmed. Secu­ri­ty forces recov­ered five assault rifles with more than 2,000 rounds of ammu­ni­tion, two auto­mat­ic machine guns, two rock­et-pro­pelled grenade launch­ers, five com­mu­ni­ca­tion radios, sev­er­al doc­u­ments and med­ical supplies. 

— Secu­ri­ty forces found sev­er­al weapons stock­piles through­out Afghanistan. Oper­a­tions result­ed in seizure of 43 hand grenades, 25 rock­et-pro­pelled grenades, 16 artillery rounds, eight assault rifles and sev­en land mines. Troops also found bomb-mak­ing materials. 

Com­piled from Inter­na­tion­al Secu­ri­ty Assis­tance Force Joint Com­mand News Releases 

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