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Afghanistan Operations Targeting Extremists Net Five Suspects

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, April 8, 2008 – Five suspects were caught yesterday during two separate operations targeting extremist networks in Afghanistan’s Uruzgan and Khowst provinces.

In an operation in Tirin Kot district, Uruzgan province, coalition forces searched the compounds of a known Taliban bomb facilitator responsible for several attacks in the province. Forces detained three suspects there.

In a separate operation, Afghan National Police and coalition forces searched compounds in the Nadir Shah Kot district, Khowst province, targeting a terrorist network leader charged with funneling foreign fighters and weapons into the area. Forces nabbed the leader along with another suspect.

In other operations in Afghanistan, coalition forces recovered a cache of weapons and bomb-making materials last week. Coalition forces searched compounds in the Garmsir district of Helmand province, looking for a Taliban insurgent accused of bringing weapons and bombs into the area. Forces found several small-arms weapons, rockets, rocket-propelled grenades, large-caliber rounds and bomb-making materials. The cache was destroyed.

(Compiled from Combined Joint Task Force 82 news releases.)

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