Combined Force Captures Haqqani Leader

Compiled from International Security Assistance Force Joint Command News Releases

WASHINGTON, June 29, 2012 - An Afghan and coalition security force apprehended a Haqqani leader in the Sabari district of Afghanistan's Khost province today, military officials reported.

The detained leader built improvised explosive devices, purchased weapons, and coordinated attacks against Afghan and coalition forces throughout the region.

In other Afghanistan operations today:

-- A combined force detained several suspected insurgents during a search for a Taliban leader in the Kandahar district of Kandahar province. The sought-after Taliban leader conducts direct-fire and IED attacks throughout the district.

-- In the Khugyani district of Nangarhar province, a combined force detained numerous suspected insurgents and seized multiple AK-47 rifles, shotguns and illegal narcotics during an operation to detain a Taliban leader. The leader is responsible for the movement of weapons and personnel throughout the region, and coordinates attacks against Afghan and coalition forces.

In June 28 operations:

-- A combined force-requested airstrike killed Maulawi Sadiq, a Taliban leader and explosives expert, in the Charkh district of Logar province. The deceased Taliban leader had provided explosive materials and training to insurgents, coordinated insurgent movements, and planned attacks against Afghan and coalition forces in the region. The airstrike didn't harm any civilians and didn't damage civilian property.

-- Afghan police and coalition forces detained three insurgents in Khowst province's Sabari district.

-- Afghan police and coalition forces detained one insurgent in Khowst province's Terezayi district.

-- Afghan police and coalition forces discovered a cache containing mortar rounds, mines and ammunition in the Yahya Khel district of Paktika province.

-- Afghan soldiers and coalition forces detained eight insurgents in Paktiya province's Gardez district.

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