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A combined Afghan and coalition security force captured a Taliban leader and more than 10 suspected insurgents during a nighttime security operation in Sarobi District, Paktika province, yesterday.

The detained leader worked for multiple insurgent groups. He supported them with planning and providing fighters and weapons for attacks against Afghan security forces.

The Afghan-led security force searched for the leader at his compound after being notified of his whereabouts by several intelligence tips. While the force searched the compound, the leader identified himself and was immediately detained. More than 10 individuals with suspected ties to the Taliban were also detained based on the information provided during interviews. The security force protected the women and children during the search and no shots were fired.

In other International Security Assistance Force news throughout Afghanistan:

North

A combined Afghan and coalition security force detained one individual with suspected ties to the Taliban during a security operation in Darzab District, Jowzjan province, yesterday.

The Afghan-led security force detained the individual based on information provided during interviews with residents at a compound. The force was in the area searching for a Taliban leader who is responsible for providing weapons and support to other Taliban leaders in the district.

ISAF today confirmed the capture of several Taliban leaders in northern provinces over the last week. In Baghlan-e Jadid District, Baghlan province, June 9, forces detained a leader who was a part of a suicide attack network, involved in high profile attacks and assassinations against Afghan national security forces.

A Taliban leader who coordinated and conducted attacks against Afghan national security force was captured in Kishindeh District, Balkh province, June 8.

A leader detained June 7 in Chimtal District, Balkh province, was confirmed as a Taliban leader who was involved in the selling of heavy weapons, facilitating insurgent meetings and conducting visual observations on Afghan national security force to better coordinate attacks was also confirmed today.

A Taliban leader who assisted with roadside bomb attacks and providing equipment to insurgents was captured in Sar-e Pul District, Sar-e Pul province, June 5.

Lastly, a Taliban leader was captured in Imam Sahib District, Kunduz province, June 11. He was associated with planning and participating in attacks targeting Afghan and coalition forces in western Balkh.

South

In Zabul province, a combined Afghan and coalition security force detained two suspected insurgents during a security operation in Tarnek wa Jaldak District, yesterday. The force was conducting a search for a Taliban facilitator who constructs and emplaces roadside bombs targeting the Afghan national army.

While searching the area, the security force detained two suspected Taliban insurgents after questioning residents. The individuals were taken into custody and transported with the force. The night operation was completed with no civilians harmed.

A combined Afghan and coalition security force detained two suspected insurgents while searching for a Taliban leader during a nighttime operation in Nad ‘Ali District, Helmand province, yesterday. The leader is in charge of direct fire and explosive-device cells in the Kariz-e Saydi and the Badula Qulp areas of northern Marjah.

The Afghan-led security force searched for the leader at a compound associated with Taliban activity. Afghan members of the force interviewed residents and based on the information provided, two individuals were detained for further questioning.

During a separate search in Zharay District, Kandahar province, a combined security force detained one suspected insurgent and confiscated more than 150 pounds (68 kilograms) of heroin. The force was searching for a Taliban leader who is actively involved in attacks against Afghan national security forces. The heroin was safely destroyed and no civilians were harmed during the search.

A combined Afghan and coalition security force discovered a weapons cache during a security operation, in Deh Rawud District, Uruzgan province, yesterday. The cache contained 32 rocket-propelled grenades.

In Garm Ser District, Helmand province, coalition forces detained several insurgents and destroyed 2,139 pounds (970 kgs) of dry opium and 705 pounds (320 kgs) of wet opium yesterday.

East

A combined Afghan and coalition security force captured a Haqqani network leader and several of his associates during a nighttime security operation in Sabari District, Khost province, yesterday. The leader directed an explosive-device cell and was responsible for coordinating multiple roadside bomb attacks against the Afghan national army.

The Afghan-led security force found the leader’s compound after tracking him throughout the day. The force searched the area and with the help of resident interviews, was able to identify the leader and his associates. The men were taken into custody for further questioning.

In Paktika province, a combined Afghan and coalition security force captured a Haqqani facilitator and one suspected insurgent during a security operation in Nikeh District, yesterday. The facilitator, who also commanded 35 to 40 fighters, aided Haqqani senior leadership with attack planning.

The Afghan-led force followed several leads to the facilitator’s location.

An Afghan member of the force called all occupants to exit, allowing the force to ensure the safety of the women and children. The facilitator was identified when the security force questioned residents. He and one of his associates were taken into custody and transported with the security force.

A combined Afghan and coalition security force detained two suspected insurgents during a security operation in the Tangi valley area of Sherzad District, Nangarhar province, yesterday. The target of the operation is a Taliban leader who facilitates suicide bomb attacks and is involved in planning and conducting attacks against Afghan security forces.

The two individuals were detained during a search of the facilitator’s suspected compound. The Afghan-led security force detained the individuals after initial questioning with residents. No shots were fired and no civilians were harmed in the night operation.

A combined Afghan and coalition security force detained several individuals while conducting a clearing operation in Sayyidabad District, Wardak province, yesterday.

The area is known as a Taliban safe haven for weapons facilitation and attack planning.

After clearing several buildings and interviewing residents, the security force detained several individuals with suspected ties to the Taliban. No civilians were harmed during the night operation.

Also in Sayyidabad, a coalition force patrol conducting a route clearing operation discovered a homemade explosive material lab and an explosives cache yesterday. The cache consisted of 1,800 pounds (816 kgs) of ammonium nitrate and 20 gallons (76 liters) of diesel fuel.

ISAF today confirmed the capture of an insurgent involved in the assembly of an homemade bomb that killed an ISAF service member in July, 2010. The insurgent was detained during a night operation June 10 in Mota Khan District, Paktika province.

Article by ISAF Joint Command