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A combined Afghan and coalition security captured a Taliban facilitator, responsible for coordinating multiple attacks in Kabul, during a security operation in Zurmat district, Paktiya province.

The facilitator and his associates coordinated multiple attacks in Kabul against Afghan and coalition forces to include the September 13, 2011 attacks at NATO Headquarters and the U.S. Embassy. He is also responsible for planning vehicle bomb attacks in Kabul.

In other International Security Assistance Force news throughout Afghanistan:

North

In Shirin Tagab district, Faryab province, a combined Afghan and coalition security force captured a Taliban leader during a security clearance operation targeting insurgent operations. The Taliban leader was responsible for ordering attacks on Afghan forces and giving orders to arrest Afghan government supporters, as well as, administering Sharia Law. No civilians were injured during the operation.

South

A combined Afghan and coalition force patrol seized a cache of IED-making materials in Musa Qal ‘ah district, Helmand province, yesterday. The cache consisted of 2,090 pounds (950 kgs) of ammonium nitrate. The cache will be safely destroyed at a later date.

In the Nawah-ye Barakzai district, Helmand province, a combined Afghan and coalition security force conducted an operation in search of a Taliban leader. The leader is involved in the construction and facilitation of roadside bombs in the Gowragi area. Also, he is responsible for making and placing pressure plate and victim-operated bombs in the Nawah-ye Barakzai district. The security force detained five suspected insurgents during the operation.

A combined Afghan and coalition security force detained multiple suspected insurgents during a security clearance operation targeting a Haqqani network insurgent responsible for a vehicle bomb attack in Kandahar district, Kandahar province. The security force detained multiple suspected insurgents during the operation.

East

In Zurmat district, Paktiya province, Tuesday, a combined Afghan and coalition patrol discovered a weapons cache. The cache, discovered during a security operation, consisted of 728 pounds (330 kilograms) of homemade explosive, seven mines and several IED components. All the items were seized and safely destroyed by security forces.

A combined Afghan and coalition security force captured a Haqqani network facilitator and his associate during a security operation in Khost district, Khost province. The leader coordinated multiple attacks against Afghan and coalition forces to include the September 13, 2011 attacks at NATO Headquarters and the U.S. Embassy in Kabul. In addition to the leader, the security force detained one suspected insurgent during the operation.

Finally, in Ghazni district, Ghazni province a combined Afghan and coalition security captured a Taliban leader managing fighters and directing attacks against Afghan forces.

In addition, the security force detained two suspected insurgents during the operation.

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