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Afghan, Coalition Forces Capture Key Insurgent Leader, Militant

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Nov. 20, 2008 – Afghan and coalition forces detained a key insurgent leader in an early morning raid in Afghanistan’s Khowst province yesterday.

Hakim Jan is responsible for the deaths of Afghan security force members and roadside-bomb attacks on coalition forces, officials said.

In other news from Afghanistan, Afghan and coalition forces detained a suspected militant during a combined operation targeting the Haqqani terrorist network in Khowst.

The combined force searched a compound, targeting a militant known to be in direct contact with senior Haqqani leaders who finance and facilitate terrorist activities in the region, officials said. The search turned up a rifle, a pistol and an ammunition magazine.

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

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