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An International Security Assistance Force patrol rescued three Afghans who were being held hostage by Taliban in Panjwa'i district, Kandahar province yesterday.

The ISAF unit, Task Force Arrowhead, observed a number of insurgents load three men, bound and blindfolded, onto a trailer towed by a tractor and move toward a small village. The ISAF patrol pursued and stopped the tractor, at which point the insurgents attempted to flee.

Task Force Arrowhead troops freed the hostages and detained three of their captors, who were later identified as Taliban members.

ISAF learned the three men had been held by the Taliban for up to six days.

The freed men were released by ISAF to Panjwa'i district officials.

In other International Security Assistance Force news throughout Afghanistan:

South

An Afghan and coalition security force detained a number of suspected insurgents during an operation to arrest a Taliban leader in Maiwand district, Kandahar province, today. The Taliban leader is suspected of facilitating the movement of weapons throughout the region and reported directly to senior Taliban leaders in order to coordinate insurgent attacks.

An Afghan and coalition security force detained one suspected insurgent and seized several kilograms of illegal narcotics during an operation in search of a Taliban leader in Washer district, Helmand province, today. The leader is alleged to serve as a link between senior Taliban leaders and local attack cells, directing insurgent activity throughout the district.

East

An Afghan and coalition security force killed multiple armed insurgents during an operation to arrest a senior Haqqani facilitator in Gelan district, Ghazni province, today. As the security force approached the Haqqani facilitator’s suspected location, armed insurgents attacked the Afghan and coalition troops with heavy machine gun fire. The coalition troops returned fire, killing several armed insurgents. No civilians were harmed in the exchange. The senior Haqqani facilitator is believed to be directly involved in several attacks throughout the region, many involving improvised explosive devices, and suicide bombers, resulting in civilian casualties. The security force also detained two suspected insurgents and seized multiple assault rifles, a heavy machine gun and several explosives, including rocket-propelled grenades, as a result of the operation. The weapons and explosives were safely destroyed away from all civilian structures.

An Afghan and coalition security force arrested one of the leaders of the Haqqani insurgent network for Sharan district, Paktika province, today. The arrested leader is suspected of being directly involved in the planning of multiple insurgent attacks, in addition to acquiring weapons and explosives for Haqqani fighters. At the time of his arrest, the Haqqani leader was believed to have been planning an imminent suicide attack in the district. The security force also detained two suspected insurgents as a result of the operation.

An Afghan-led security force, supported by coalition troops, arrested a Haqqani explosives facilitator in Bak district, Khost province, today. The arrested facilitator is alleged to be directly involved in the acquisition and emplacement of improvised explosive devices and rockets for attacks against Afghan and coalition security forces in the district. Prior to his arrest, the Haqqani facilitator was believed to have transported several IEDs intended for future attacks in the region. The security force also detained one suspected insurgent and seized IED-making equipment as a result of the operation.

An Afghan and coalition security force arrested a number of suspected insurgents and seized several firearms during an operation to detain a senior Haqqani leader in Sayyid Karam district, Paktiya province, today. The senior Haqqani leader is suspected of directing attacks and coordinating the acquisition of weapons and funding for insurgent activity throughout the province.

An Afghan and coalition security force detained a number of suspected insurgents and seized multiple firearms during an operation in search of a Haqqani improvised explosive device attack leader in Sharan district, Paktika province, today. The Haqqani leader is believed to be directly involved in the acquisition and emplacement of IEDs for insurgent attacks throughout the region.

Article by ISAF Joint Command