Combined Force Arrests Taliban Leader in Baghlan Province

From an International Security Assistance Force Joint Command News Release

KABUL, Afghanistan, May 17, 2013 - A combined Afghan and coalition security force arrested a senior Taliban leader in the Baghlan-e Jadid district of Afghanistan's Baghlan province today, military officials reported.

The senior leader oversees insurgent cells responsible for attacks against Afghan and coalition forces. He also collects illegal taxes from local civilians, facilitates the movement of insurgent weapons and equipment and consults with senior insurgent leadership for operational information to pass on to his fighters.

The security force also seized a pistol in the operation.

In Afghanistan operations yesterday:

-- A combined force in Helmand province's Now Zad district arrested an insurgent and seized and destroyed more than 5,500 pounds of opium, two assault rifles and 19 ammunition magazines.

-- Afghan Provincial Response Company Helmand, advised by coalition forces, arrested nine insurgents and seized ammunition in Helmand's Lashkar Gah district.

-- In Farah province's Push-e Rod district, Afghan Provincial Response Company Farah, enabled by coalition forces, arrested seven insurgents and seized a machine gun and more than 100 rounds of ammunition and destroyed a rocket-propelled grenade rocket.

In other news, Afghan local and uniformed police killed seven insurgents in Ghazni province's Deh Tak district May 15 during an operation designed to deny insurgents sanctuary in the district's Rozi Kala and Ali Kala villages.

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