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During an operation in Mota Khan district, Paktika province, Dec. 7, an Afghan and coalition security force arrested a local Haqqani leader who planned and conducted improvised explosive device attacks, and was involved in organizing the Oct. 20 kidnapping of five Afghan National Army soldiers.

The security force also detained three suspected insurgents and seized IED-making materials and multiple firearms during the operation.

In other International Security Assistance Force news throughout Afghanistan:

South

In Lashkar Gah district, Helmand province, Dec. 7, an Afghan and coalition security force arrested a Taliban leader who oversaw a group of insurgents responsible for conducting improvised explosive device attacks in central Nad ‘Ali district. During the operation, the security force also detained two suspected insurgents.

During an operation in Kandahar district, Kandahar province, Dec. 7, an Afghan and coalition security force arrested a Taliban leader who was responsible for transporting and distributing homemade explosives and improvised explosive device components to insurgents in the province. The security force also detained one suspected insurgent as a result of the operation.

East

An Afghan and coalition security force arrested a district-level Taliban leader who operated in Khoshi district, Logar province, during an operation in Pul-e ‘Alam district, Logar province. The arrested leader facilitated the acquisition and distribution of weapons in both Khoshi and Plu-e ‘Alam districts. He also oversaw the training of suicide bombers and provided support to Taliban insurgents traveling through the province. During the operation, the security force also detained one suspected insurgent.

During an operation in search of a Taliban facilitator in Sherzad district, Nangarhar province, Dec. 7, an Afghan and coalition security force killed three insurgents and detained multiple suspected insurgents. The combined force also seized numerous weapons, grenades and a quantity of ammunition.

During an operation in Khost district, Khost province, Dec. 7, an Afghan and coalition security force arrested a Haqqani leader who was responsible for overseeing attacks and coordinating the emplacement of improvised explosive devices in Khost City. He also facilitated the movement of IED materials and weapons to insurgents under his control. The security force also detained one suspected insurgent and seized numerous weapons as a result of the operation.

Article by International Security Assistance Force HQ Public Affairs