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Afghan, NATO Troops Remove Taliban Leaders From Fight

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, April 8, 2010 – Afghan and international forces today captured a Taliban explosives expert who is believed to be a leader for insurgent bomb-making efforts in Afghanistan’s Kandahar province, military officials reported.

The combined force captured the man and several other militants just west of Kandahar City while searching a compound there. The man is believed to be “heavily involved” in bomb manufacturing, emplacements and attacks throughout the area, officials said.

In other news from Afghanistan:

-- A combined force searched a compound in the town of Bazar-e Pannivai in Kandahar province this morning and detained several suspected insurgents for further questioning.

-- In Kandahar’s Zharay district this morning, a combined patrol found a booby-trapped cache containing two suicide vests, six grenades and eight assault rifles.

-- In Wardak province last night, a combined force searched a compound in the Sayed Abad district and captured a heavy weapons trafficker for the Haqqani terrorist group and an associate. The man is believed to be responsible for the sale and distribution of weapons ranging from heavy machine guns to sniper rifles. The combined force also found several automatic rifles and Taliban propaganda.

No shots were fired, and no one was injured during the operations.

(Compiled from International Security Assistance Force Joint Command news releases.)

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