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Afghan National Security and International Security Assistance Forces captured two Haqqani network facilitators and detained several suspected insurgents, during security operations in Sabari district, Khost province, yesterday.

One facilitator was responsible for the transfer of weapons and ammunition, as well as reporting on Afghan and coalition force movements. He also managed supply routes and provided financial, media and logistical support to the network. The second facilitator provided operational support for the network and acquired equipment for use in attacks.

Intelligence reports led the security force to the targeted compound, where they called for all residents to exit the buildings peacefully before conducting a search. The HQN facilitators and several suspected insurgents were detained at the scene after initial questioning.

In other ISAF news throughout eastern Afghanistan:

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Afghan and coalition security forces captured a Haqqani network leader and detained several suspected insurgents during security operations in Orgun district, Paktika province, yesterday.

The leader facilitated suicide bomber movement, indoctrination, training, and attacks. He operated in the Sar Rowazah and Orgun districts, and provided financial, media, and logistical support to the network. He also had connections to numerous contacts in the Paktika province Haqqani network.

Intelligence reports led the security force to the targeted compound where they called for all residents to exit the buildings peacefully before conducting a search. The HQN leader and several suspected insurgents were detained at the scene after initial questioning.

In Sabari district, Khost province, yesterday, Afghan and coalition security forces captured a Haqqani network facilitator and detained one suspected insurgent during security operations.

The leader was a weapons and ammunition specialist. He recently coordinated a kidnapping of a local citizen and planned to steal his car for use as a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device.

Intelligence reports led the security force to the targeted compound where they called for all residents to exit the buildings peacefully before conducting a search. The targeted HQN leader and one suspected insurgent were detained at the scene after initial questioning.

During the operation, an improvised explosive device was triggered, and exploded approximately 10 meters behind the security force. There were no injuries to the security force or local citizens. IED initiators were recovered during the search of the compound.

Also in Khost province, Nadir Shah Kot district, yesterday, an Afghan and coalition forces patrol discovered three 107 mm rockets, numerous blasting caps, 50 machine gun rounds, 30 pounds (13 kilograms) of homemade explosives, seven anti-personnel mines, 13 fuses, 30 pounds (13 kg) of propellant, six mortars and detonation cord.

In Khogyani district, Nangarhar province, yesterday, Afghan and coalition security forces targeted a Hezb-e Islami Gulbuddin leader and detained numerous suspected insurgents during security operations.

The leader is in charge of a group of HIG and Taliban fighters. During elections, he participated in a small-arms and rocket-propelled grenade attack at the Two Roads Crossing in the Khogyani district.

Intelligence reports led the security force to the targeted compound where they called for all residents to exit the buildings peacefully before conducting a search. During that time, security forces shined a bright beam of light towards local citizens who were curious and started to approach the compound. The warning light was projected as a precaution so local citizens would know to stay away from the compound for their safety.

Numerous suspected insurgents were detained at the scene after initial questioning.

Article by ISAF Joint Command