Combined Force Detains Several Suspected Insurgents

Compiled from International Security Assistance Force Joint Command News Releases

WASHINGTON, Aug. 2, 2012 - An Afghan and coalition security force conducted an operation to arrest a Taliban leader in the Andar district of Afghanistan's Ghazni province today, military officials reported.

The Taliban leader controls several mid-level fighters and is directly involved in planning insurgent attacks, officials said.

During the operation, officials said, the security force detained several suspected insurgents.

In operations yesterday:

-- A combined force arrested a senior Taliban explosives expert, detained two suspects and seized multiple explosive devices in the Pul-e Khurmi district of Baghlan province. The explosives expert constructed several improvised explosive devices used in attacks targeting Afghan officials and Afghan and coalition convoys. He also constructed multiple suicide vests he planned to use in attacks against Afghan forces.

-- A combined force detained five insurgents while investigating a weapons cache in Ghazni province's Andar district. The cache contained small arms, ammunition and a grenade.

-- A combined force found and cleared an IED in Ghazni province's Khwaia Omari district.

-- In Khost province's Sabari district, a combined force detained an insurgent while investigating an IED. The IED was cleared and the suspect was transferred to a base for questioning.

-- A combined force killed six insurgents in Kunar province's Nari and Ghaziabad districts.

-- In Logar province, a combined force found and cleared three IEDs in the Pul-E Alam district and three IEDs in the Muhammad Aghah district.

-- In Nangarhar province, a combined force found and cleared an IED in the Jalalabad district and another in the Chapahar district.

-- In Paktika province's Mota Khan district, a combined force found and cleared an IED.

-- A combined force detained an insurgent in Paktika province's Bermal district.

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