The International Security Assistance Force confirmed the capture of a Taliban senior leader during a security operation in Kandahar province Nov. 30.
The capture helped impede the transport of improvised explosive device materials and narcotics between Pakistan and the Kandahar area.
The targeted individual personally moved narcotics and IED materials across the Pakistan border into Afghanistan. He provided the illegal substances to various IED networks in the area and carried narcotics across the border to further financial support for terrorist activities.
Afghan forces used a loudspeaker to call all occupants to exit the targeted buildings peacefully before conducting a search. The Afghan and coalition forces detained the senior leader along with one of his associates based on initial questioning at the scene.
The joint security team conducted the operation in the hours of darkness to minimize the risk to local citizens. No women or children were injured or detained during this operation.
The security forces conducted the operation without firing their weapons.
Article by ISAF Joint Command