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U.S., Afghan Forces Detain Four Militants, Rescue Kidnap Victim

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 12, 2009 – U.S. and Afghan forces detained four suspected insurgents and rescued a kidnapping victim in recent operations in Afghanistan, military officials reported.

The suspects were detained today in Khost province. U.S. and Afghan troops were targeting a man they believed was connected to the Haqqani terrorist network. The joint force detained him, along with the others, without confrontation. An assault rifle and belts and vests of ammunition were confiscated, officials said.

In Helmand province’s Washer district June 10, coalition forces found a man tied and gagged inside a truck as they were establishing security for a meeting with local elders. Coalition medics examined the victim, and he was taken into protective custody by the Afghan National Army, officials said.

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

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