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An Afghan and coalition force captured a Haqqani leader in Sabari district, Khost province, yesterday.

The leader conducted indirect fire and improvised explosive device attacks against Afghan and coalition security forces. He had direct connections to senior Haqqani leaders in Sabari district.

The joint security force conducted a raid in the district based on multiple intelligence sources. After securing the area, the force identified and detained the Haqqani leader. The security force ensured the safety of all women and children during the operation. No civilians were harmed.

In other International Security Assistance Force news throughout Afghanistan:


Afghan and coalition forces detained several suspected insurgents while searching for a Taliban leader during an operation in Mohammad Aghah district, Logar province, yesterday. The targeted leader is responsible for planning, coordinating and executing attacks against Afghan and coalition security forces.

Security forces targeted an area in the Mohammad Aghah district based on intelligence reports. Security forces secured and cleared numerous areas. After initial questioning, security forces detained the suspected insurgents for further questioning. No shots were fired during the operation and no civilians were harmed.

Also in Logar province yesterday, a combined Afghan and coalition force conducted a clearing operation in order to disrupt Taliban operations in Baraki Barak district, targeting a suspected Taliban safe haven associated with homemade explosive and IED activity.

After the area was secure, the security force conducted initial questioning before detaining two suspected Taliban insurgents. The force conducted the operation without firing their weapons, and ensured the safety of all civilians.

In Sabari district, Khost province, an Afghan and coalition force captured a Hezb-E Islami Gulbuddin facilitator during an operation yesterday. The facilitator operated in Jaji Maidan district, Khost province. He was directly responsible for providing insurgent cells with weapons, ammunition and explosives; enabling them to conduct attacks against Afghan and coalition forces.

The security force followed intelligence reports to a compound in the district to search for the leader. After securing the compound, the security force called for all occupants to exit the compound peacefully before moving to clear the building. The force conducted initial questioning before identifying and detaining the Hezb-E Islami Gulbuddin leader. Security forces found ammonium nitrate, a suicide vest, two AK-47s, one grenade and TNT on the premises. The force protected several women and numerous children for the duration of the search.

Article by ISAF Joint Command