Coalition, Afghans Work Together to Capture Insurgents

From an International Security Assistance Force Joint Command News Release

KABUL, Afghanistan, Feb. 27, 2012 - Coalition and Afghan forces have worked together throughout Afghanistan in recent days, capturing several insurgent leaders who led attacks against them and killing one in self defense, military officials said.

In eastern Afghanistan today, a coalition security force in the Pul-e Alam district of Logar province captured a Taliban operator who provided weapons and financial support to numerous insurgent fighters in the area. No shots were fired during the operation.

Also today, coalition and Afghan forces in the Nadir Shah Kot district of Khost province captured a Haqqani network leader who managed an insurgent network and directed operations against Afghan civilians and security forces in the district. Two suspected insurgents also were detained.

On Feb. 25, an Afghan provincial response team, working with coalition forces in the western province of Farah, captured several insurgents while acting on a search warrant in the Bala Boluk district. All of the detainees were directly tied to attacks against Afghan and coalition forces, as well as crimes against local Afghans, military officials said.

The combined force also found and destroyed anti-personnel mines, grenades, ammunition, homemade explosives and various bomb components.

Also on Feb. 25, a combined force of Afghan and coalition service members fired on an insurgent in the Maiwand district of Kandahar province, killing the man after he ran at the security force carrying grenades and small-arms ammunition during a vehicle inspection. The security force found and destroyed bomb components.

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