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ISAF Joint Command morning operational update

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A combined Afghan and coalition security force conducted an operation freeing a kidnapped Afghan citizen in Khoghjani district, Ghazni province, Wednesday.

During the operation, the security force rescued one hostage and detained several insurgents connected with the kidnapping. The insurgents revealed that a second hostage had escaped one day prior and admitted they planned to kill the remaining hostage that day.

The security force also seized multiple small arms, ammunition and tactical vests during the operation.

The insurgents were detained by Afghan security forces for further questioning. The rescued hostage received medical attention on-site and was taken to a coalition hospital for further observation.

No civilians were harmed, and no shots were fired during the operation.

In other International Security Assistance Force news throughout Afghanistan:

South

An Afghan and coalition security force captured a Taliban leader during an operation in Nahr-E Saraj district, Helmand province, today. The leader was a Taliban-appointed deputy and head of the insurgent group’s military commission in Badghis province. The captured leader arranged large-scale attacks, distributed weapons and collected taxes. He represented both the Taliban and Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan groups and was responsible for coordinating insurgent activities in Badghis and Faryab province. One additional suspected insurgent was detained during the operation.

East

In Bakwaw district, Farah province, a combined Afghan and coalition security force discovered a drug and weapons cache during an operation yesterday. The cache consisted of approximately 1,100 pounds (500 kg) of opium, 16 improvised explosive devices, several containers of explosive-making materials, $1.5 million in Pakistan currency and a motorcycle rigged with explosives to be used as a suicide-vehicle-borne IED. Security forces detained three suspected insurgents and confiscated the drugs and currency. The weapons were destroyed on-site without incident.

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