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Coalition Troops in Afghanistan Capture Seven Suspects

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Feb. 19, 2008 – Afghan and coalition forces detained seven suspected insurgents Feb. 17 during an operation targeting Taliban support networks in Afghanistan’s Zabul province.

In Qalat district, the joint force searched compounds for an insurgent suspected of smuggling weapons, equipment and supplies for Taliban fighters. During the operation, Afghan and coalition forces found and detained the targeted insurgent and six others with suspected links to insurgent networks.

Military officials said troops wounded the targeted suspect with small-arms fire after he threatened coalition forces. The suspect was taken to a medical facility for treatment; the other detainees will be questioned about their involvement in Taliban operations and other illegal activities.

“The disruption of the Taliban’s supply infrastructure is a key facet to ending their violent extremist activities against the people of Afghanistan,” said Army Maj. Chris Belcher, a coalition forces spokesman.

(From a Combined Joint Task Force 82 news release.)

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