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ISAF Captures Taliban Leader, Haqqani Facilitator
By Harold Hutchison

ISAF reported capturing two more insurgent bigwigs during operations in Afghanistan. The captures bring the total of killed or captured insurgent leaders and facilitators to six in the last four days.

The Taliban leader was captured in Helmand province. He controlled a cell of fighters responsible for a number of attacks against ISAF and Afghan forces in Helmand and Kandahar provinces, and also oversaw weapons facilitation in the area, trained suicide bombers, and served as an improvised explosive device expert.

The Haqqani facilitator was captured in Logar province, and served as a vital link in the Haqqani network’s IED operations throughout the province’s Pul-e ‘Alam district. He coordinated the construction, distribution and emplacement of IEDs for use in attacks against Afghan and ISAF forces.

ISAF’s Regional Command East reported that forces under its command located one weapons cache, captured six insurgents, and disarmed six IEDs. This brings totals over the last week to 17 insurgents captured, 35 IEDs disarmed, and nine weapons caches located.