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Afghan Commandos Detain Insurgent Leader, Two Others

American Forces Press Service

KABUL, Afghanistan, Dec. 18, 2008 – Afghan National Army commandos, assisted by coalition forces, detained an insurgent leader and two other militants in eastern Afghanistan yesterday, military officials reported.

The commandos, acting on credible information, conducted a raid on a compound in the Behsood district of Nangarhar province that served as a transit point for various insurgent groups. During a search, the commandos detained three militants -- Abdul Wahid, Raz Gul and a man known only as Haider. All three identified themselves during questioning.

Wahid is believed to be responsible for numerous attacks against Afghan and coalition forces and facilitating insurgent activities throughout Nangarhar province. Gul and his brother, Haider, are suspected weapons smugglers and suppliers for insurgent fighters in Konar province.

The commandos encountered no resistance during the detention process, and no shots were fired. They safeguarded six women and 17 children during the operation.

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

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