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Combined Force Arrests Taliban Leader, Seizes Weapons

From an International Security Assistance Force Joint Command News Release

KABUL, Afghanistan, Oct. 24, 2012 – A combined Afghan and coalition security force arrested a Taliban leader, detained two additional suspected insurgents and seized several firearms and grenades in Afghanistan’s Logar province today, military officials reported.

The arrested leader maintained close ties to Haqqani network leadership and was directly involved in planning vehicle-borne improvised explosive device attacks against Afghan and coalition forces in the province, officials said.

Also today, a combined force in Helmand province arrested three insurgents during a search for a Taliban leader.

In operations yesterday:

-- Afghan and coalition forces in Kandahar province detained a Taliban leader responsible for assassination attempts, IED attacks and facilitation of lethal aid throughout the province. The combined force also detained three other suspected insurgents.

-- Afghan and coalition forces killed two insurgents after being attacked by small-arms fire during a partnered patrol in Wardak province. The combined force engaged three attackers, killing two and forcing the third to flee.

In Oct. 22 operations:

-- Afghan and coalition forces killed Haqqani network leader Ehsan when he was executing a mortar attack against Forward Operating Base Shank in Logar province.

-- The Afghan National Interdiction Unit, partnered with coalition forces, seized nearly 1,000 pounds of narcotics and bomb-making material in Nimroz province.

In an Oct. 19 operation in Kunduz province, Afghan and coalition forces arrested Taliban leader Mullah Abdul Rahman, who is accused of being the planner and coordinator behind several high-profile attacks in northern Afghanistan, including the hijacking of fuel trucks in Kunduz in 2009 and the killing of several International Security Assistance Force soldiers in 2010.

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