KABUL, Afghanistan (Dec. 31, 2012) – Afghan and coalition security forces confirmed today the arrest of a top Taliban leader in Andar district during a security operation in Andar district, Ghazni province, Tuesday.
As one of the most senior Taliban leaders in the district, the insurgent executed tactical planning, kidnapping operations, detainee operations and strategic planning to support the Taliban insurgency. He was directly involved in attacks against Afghan and coalition forces and in contact with local Taliban leadership.
During the operation, the security force also detained two suspected insurgents.
In other International Security Assistance Force news throughout Afghanistan:
An Afghan and coalition security force arrested a Taliban leader and detained one suspected insurgent in Nad ‘Ali district, Helmand province, Monday. The leader commanded a direct action cell operating in the district. He also planned and coordinated multiple improvised explosive device and ambush attacks against Afghan and coalition forces.
EAST: Afghan and coalition forces detained five insurgents, located one weapons cache and cleared one improvised explosive device during operations in eastern Afghanistan throughout the past 24 hours, Dec. 30.
Afghan National found and safely cleared one IED in Pul-E-Alam District.
Afghan National Army soldiers discovered a weapons cache in Kherwar District. The cache contained small arms ammunition and grenades.
Afghan National Security Forces detained two insurgents during an engagement in Muhammad Aghah District. The detained suspects were transferred to a base for questioning.
Afghan Uniformed detained three insurgents during an engagement in Khugyani District. The detained suspects were transferred to a base for questioning.
Operations in RC-East are ongoing.