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Troops Disrupt Terrorist Networks in Afghanistan

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Nov. 7, 2008 – Afghan and coalition forces detained four insurgents during operations yesterday targeting the Haqqani and Taliban bombing and foreign fighter networks in Afghanistan, military officials reported.

In the Tirzaye district of Khowst province along the country’s eastern border, Afghan and coalition forces detained two insurgents during an operation that targeted a suspected terrorist from the Haqqani network, officials said.

The men are suspected of being in direct contact with senior Haqqani leaders and assisting the network with the movement of foreign fighters into the region. They also are believed to coordinate and direct bomb attacks in the area, officials said.

Coalition forces captured two suspects during a second operation in the Waghez district of Ghazni province, aimed at disrupting the Taliban’s bombing and foreign fighter networks, they said.

In operations Nov. 4, Afghan and coalition forces detained two insurgents and killed one in the western province of Herat, officials reported.

Afghan army commandos were raiding a suspected safe house of Taliban commander Nangali Khan in Zer-e-koh Valley of the Shindand district when an insurgent fired at them with an AK-47 assault rifle, officials said. The commandos returned fire, killing the insurgent.

Commandos encountered no further resistance during the operation, and detained two other insurgents for questioning, officials said.

During the search of the compound, commandos recovered multiple Taliban-related documents, an AK-47 assault rifle, ammunition and multiple bags of opium, which was destroyed, they said.

No Afghan, coalition or civilian casualties were reported.

(Compiled from U.S. Forces Afghanistan news releases.)

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