Afghan and coalition forces detained a Haqqani leader along with several suspected insurgents during a security operation in Khost province yesterday.
Afghan and coalition forces have made it a top priority to neutralize the Haqqani threat in eastern Afghanistan, conducting almost daily operations against their leadership.
The Haqqani leader planned and coordinated spectacular attacks for the Haqqani Network in the Khost bowl. He coordinated closely with Haqqani leaders in Pakistan for guidance and supplies.
The targeted insurgent along with an associate were planning a large scale attack on a location in Khost.
Following intelligence tips the security force searched a compound in Manduzai district for the leader. Afghan forces used a loudspeaker to call for all occupants to exit the compound peacefully before the joint security force cleared and secured the building.
After the area was secure, the security force conducted initial questioning at the scene before detaining the targeted leader along with several suspected insurgents. The force also found a chest rack, multiple automatic weapons and grenades.
The assault force did not fire their weapons and they protected the women and children for the duration of the search.
Article by ISAF Joint Command