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Forces Detain Taliban Commander, Kill Militants

American Forces Press Service

KABUL, Dec. 15, 2009 – A combined Afghan-international security force detained a Taliban commander and other militants in Afghanistan today, and militants caught planting a roadside bomb were killed yesterday, military officials reported.

The Taliban commander is linked to a bombing network in Zabul province and is believed to be responsible for several attacks in the area.

The combined force searched a compound in the provincial capital of Qalat where intelligence sources reported the commander to be located and detained a few militants, one of whom identified himself as the man targeted in the operation. No shots were fired, and no one was harmed.

In another operation, security forces killed four militants yesterday as they planted a roadside bomb near the village of Charhar Bagh in Kandahar province.

The unit ended the engagement when two insurgents fled into the village. International Security Assistance Force officials said they believe no civilians were injured or killed in this operation, but are investigating claims to the contrary.

(From an International Security Assistance Force Joint Command news release.)

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