Combined Force Captures Taliban Leader

Compiled from International Security Assistance Force Joint Command News Releases

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.

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