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Forces in Afghanistan Detain Suspected Militants

American Forces Press Service

KABUL, Dec. 17, 2009 – Combined Afghan and international security forces detained several militants today in three operations around Afghanistan, military officials reported.

A combined force detained several suspected militants near the village of Payandegi in the Zurmat district of Paktia province while pursuing a Taliban commander believed responsible for weapons trafficking and several attacks in the area. They recovered assault rifles, chest racks, grenades, blasting caps and other bomb-making materials.

Near the village of Duzalakheyl in the Hesarak district of Nangarhar province, a combined force detained a Taliban militant and other insurgents. The militant is believed responsible for supplying bomb-making materials to others in the area.

In a third operation, a combined force detained a suspected militant in Wardak province while pursuing a Taliban commander suspected of being heavily involved with bombing activity in the area.

No shots were fired and no one was harmed in these operations, officials said.

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

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