Afghan-led security force captures Taliban facilitator in Paktiya
International Security Assistance Force confirmed the capture of a Haqqani Network remote-controlled improvised explosive device cell leader during an Afghan-led security force operation Friday.
The security force targeted a remote compound in Khost district in pursuit of the Haqqani cell leader, who also conducted small-scale attacks against coalition forces. Afghan forces called for all residents to exit the compound peacefully and then secured the area.
The assault force detained the cell leader and two suspected insurgents at the scene.
Afghan and coalition forces did not fire their weapons and they protected the women and children throughout the searches.
"The Haqqani Network could care less about the Afghan people," said U.S. Army Col. Rafael Torres, ISAF Joint Command Combined Joint Operations Center director. "The Haqqani leadership hides across the border while they send foreign fighters to conduct their IED attacks against Afghan civilians. Afghan and coalition forces will continue to prosecute these criminals."
Article by ISAF Joint Command