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Combined Force Detains Haqqani Leader

Compiled from International Security Assistance Force Joint Command News Releases

WASHINGTON, July 9, 2012 – An Afghan and coalition security force detained a Haqqani network leader in the Terayzai district of Afghanistan’s Khost province today, military officials reported.

The detained Haqqani leader specializes in high-profile attacks and reported directly to senior Haqqani leaders, officials said.

At the time of his arrest, officials said, the Haqqani leader was equipping his followers with military uniforms for a planned attack on an Afghan government facility. The security force also detained several suspected insurgents and seized multiple firearms during the operation, officials said.

In other Afghanistan news today:

-- A combined force detained a Taliban leader and also detained multiple suspects and seized bomb-making materials in the Imam Sahib district of Kunduz province. The insurgent leader coordinated Taliban attacks throughout northern Kunduz province, specializing in the use of improvised explosive device attacks and the recruitment and training of suicide attackers.

-- A combined force detained a Taliban explosives expert and two other suspects in the Panjwai district of Kandahar province. The detained insurgent acquired, constructed, and emplaced IEDs for attacks against Afghan and coalition forces.

-- In the Musa Qalah district of Helmand province, a combined force detained multiple suspects and seized explosives and weapons during a search for a senior Taliban leader. The sought-after Taliban leader is responsible for planning and executing IED attacks against Afghan and coalition forces.

-- A combined force called in an airstrike that killed an insurgent during a search for a senior Taliban leader in the Maidan Shahr district of Wardak province. The security force confirmed the airstrike had not injured any civilians.

-- A combined force found and cleared an IED in Ghazni province’s Gelan district.

-- A combined force detained an insurgent in the Khost district of Khost province.

-- In Khost province’s Terezayi district, a combined force found and cleared an IED.

-- A combined force found and cleared an IED in Laghman province’s Mehtar Lam district.

-- In Logar province’s Muhammad Aghah district, a combined force found and cleared an IED.

-- In Nangarhar province, a combined force found and cleared two IEDs in the Shinwar district and one in the Surkh Rod district.

-- In Nangarhar province’s Shinwar district, a combined force detained an insurgent.

In operations yesterday:

-- Coalition forces detained numerous suspects and seized about 3,500 pounds of opium and 17 pounds of heroin in the Garm Ser district of Helmand province.

-- A combined force detained several suspects during a search for a senior Taliban recruiter in the Now Zad district of Helmand province. The insurgent recruiter serves as a Taliban leader in the Washer district and operates with other Taliban leaders.

-- A combined force detained a suspect during a search for a Taliban leader in the Rashidan district of Ghazni province. The sought-after Taliban leader controls more than 50 insurgents and has directed attacks against Afghan and coalition forces.

In July 7 operations:

-- A combined force seized and destroyed more than 3,300 pounds of opium and hashish and detained numerous suspected drug traffickers in the Registan district of Kandahar province.

-- A combined force detained several suspects during a search for an Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan leader in the Kunduz district of Kunduz province. The IMU leader is an explosives expert who specializes in making IEDs and other devices for use in suicide and other types of attacks against Afghan and coalition forces.

-- A combined force detained several suspects during a search for a Taliban explosives specialist in the Zharay district of Kandahar province.

-- In the Gelan district of Ghazni province, a combined force detained an insurgent, found a cache contained small-arms ammunition, grenades and other IED-making materials, and cleared an IED.

-- In Ghazni province’s Ghazni district, a combined force found and cleared an IED.

-- A combined force detained an insurgent and seized a cache containing small-arms ammunition, military items and IED-making materials in Khost province’s Khost district.

-- A combined force found and cleared an IED in the Gurbuz district of Khost province.

-- In Khost province’s Sabari district, a combined force detained seven insurgents.

-- A combined force found and cleared an IED in Laghman province’s Mehtar Lam district.

-- In Paktika province’s Sar Rowzah district, a combined force found and cleared an IED.

-- A combined force found and cleared an IED in Paktia province’s Shwak district.

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