Afghan and coalition forces captured a Taliban leader active in northern Ghazni and western Wardak provinces during an operation in Wardak yesterday.
The targeted individual conducted improvised explosive device and ambush operations targeting Afghan and coalition forces. He also intimidated Afghan civilians into not voting in previous elections.
The security force followed intelligence reports to a remote compound in Sayyidabad district to search for the leader. Afghan forces used a loudspeaker to call for all occupants to exit the compound peacefully before moving to clear the building. During initial clearance, an armed insurgent attempted to fire his weapon at the assault force. The assault force responded, killing the insurgent.
After the area was secure, the assault force conducted initial questioning before identifying and detaining the leader along with two of his associates. The security force also found multiple automatic weapons and grenades at the scene.
The assault force protected the women and children for the duration of the search.
Article by ISAF Joint Command