Combined Force Captures Taliban Leader
Compiled from International Security Assistance Force Joint Command News Releases
WASHINGTON, April 13, 2012 – A combined Afghan and coalition security force today captured a Taliban leader who was planning a suicide attack against an upcoming gathering of local Afghan civilians in Afghanistan’s Kunduz province, military officials reported.
As the security force approached the Taliban leader’s suspected location, an insurgent armed with an assault rifle was killed as he prepared to fire, and the Taliban leader was wounded in the arm.
The security force provided medical treatment to the Taliban leader and later took him to a coalition medical facility. He is expected to fully recover and will be detained, officials said. Several other insurgents were detained in the operation.
In other operations today:
-- In Paktia province’s Gardez district, security combined force captured a Taliban leader who coordinated suicide bombings and other attacks against Afghan and coalition security forces. He also provided weapons and ammunition to insurgents in the area. The security force also detained another insurgent in the operation.
-- An Afghan and coalition security force detained several suspected insurgents and destroyed more than 330 pounds (of bomb-making materials while searching for a Taliban leader in Wardak province’s Sayyidabad district. The wanted man supervises construction and placement of roadside bombs and facilitates the movement of Taliban fighters from Pakistan into Afghanistan.
-- In Ghazni province’s Khugyani district, Ghazni province, security combined force detained two suspected insurgents during an operation launched to capture a Taliban leader who plans kidnappings and conducts attacks against Afghan and coalition security forces. He also supplies local insurgents with weapons and equipment.
-- A combined force in Kandahar province’s Shah Wali Kot district detained several suspected insurgents during an operation to capture a Taliban leader who directs attacks against Afghan and coalition security forces.
-- In Nangarhar province’s Chaparhar district, security combined force detained several suspected insurgents an operation to capture a Taliban leader who directs attacks against Afghan and coalition security forces.
In other news, Afghan security forces supported by coalition troops found and destroyed 1,100 pounds of ammonium nitrate and a 115 mm rocket in Nangarhar province’s Achin district yesterday. Ammonium nitrate is a fertilizer banned by the Afghan government because insurgents use it to make explosives.
And in an April 11 operation, a combined security force in Faryab province’s Maimanah district killed Ammar Sahib, a senior facilitator for the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan terrorist group.
Ammar Sahib, also known as Qyamuddin, provided weapons, ammunition, and equipment to terrorists across northern Afghanistan. He also recruited suicide bombers and coordinated with Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan leaders in Pakistan for newly trained fighters.
In 2006, he was arrested for a bombing that killed two civilians and two members of the coalition’s provincial reconstruction team. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison, but served only six months.
The Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan organization is linked closely to al-Qaida and the Taliban. It operates in northern Afghanistan and other countries in Central Asia, officials said.
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