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Coalition Forces Disrupt Haqqani Network in Afghanistan

American Forces Press Service

KABUL, Afghanistan, Dec. 12, 2008 – Coalition forces detained nine suspected militants during an operation yesterday to disrupt the Haqqani terrorist network in Afghanistan’s Paktia province, military officials said.

The operation in the province’s Zadran district targeted a Haqqani militant believed to assist with the movement of members of the Uzbekistan-based Islamic Jihadist Union terrorist group and other foreign fighters into Paktia. Intelligence also suggests the militant is in direct contact with other senior Haqqani leaders who plan and coordinate roadside bomb and other attacks against innocent civilians, members and institutions of the Afghan government and coalition forces.

Coalition forces searched the targeted compound without incident, and detained nine suspected militants while protecting 11 women and 27 children, officials said.

(From a U.S. Forces Afghanistan news release.)

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