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Combined Force Arrests Taliban Leader, Detains 3 Suspects

From an International Security Assistance Force Joint Command News Release

KABUL, Afghanistan, Dec. 12, 2012 – An Afghan and coalition security force arrested a Taliban leader and detained three suspected insurgents during an operation in the Ghazni district of Afghanistan's Ghazni province today, military officials reported.

The Taliban leader controlled a group of insurgents responsible for attacks against Afghan and coalition forces and oversaw the transportation of supplies and weapons to insurgents, officials said. At the time of his arrest he was involved in planning a suicide attack.

In other Afghanistan operations today:

-- In the Kunduz district of Kunduz province, a combined force arrested a local Taliban leader who purchased and distributed improvised explosive devices and other weapons to insurgents. He also controlled a small group of insurgents who emplaced IEDs in the Archi district of Kunduz province.

-- A combined force arrested a Taliban leader and detained two suspects in the Panjwa'i district of Kandahar province. The arrested insurgent leader emplaced IEDs and coordinated attacks against Afghan and coalition forces.

-- A combined force detained several insurgents and seized a large amount of ammunition during a search for a Taliban leader in the Andar district of Ghazni province. The sought-after Taliban leader acquires and distributes weapons to insurgents and is involved in planning suicide attacks.

And yesterday, Afghan and coalition officials confirmed that the Taliban leader, Luqman, was arrested during a Dec. 6 operation in the Shahid-e-Hasas district of Uruzgan province. Lugman controlled a group of insurgents who operated in the district and was directly involved in the acquisition of weapons.

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