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Forces press Taliban, Haqqani

June 5, 2012 at 4:03 PM

KABUL, Afghanistan, June 5 (UPI) -- Afghan-led security forces detained a Taliban leader and several insurgent suspects in Kandahar province Tuesday, military officials said.

A statement from the NATO International Security Assistance Force said the Taliban leader directed the placement of improvised explosive devices; he also coordinated the delivery of weapons and explosives to insurgents throughout the district.

The Afghan-led security force confiscated several AK-47 rifles and other weapons, the statement said.

Also in Afghanistan Tuesday, a combined Afghan-coalition force detained a Taliban leader and two suspects in the Zharay district of Kandahar province. The ISAF said the insurgent leader was responsible for attacks against Afghan and coalition forces, and also transported explosives and weapons to insurgents throughout the province.

Meanwhile, a combined force detained several suspects during a search for a Haqqani leader in the Khost district of Khost province. That leader is suspected of planning the attack against Forward Operating Base Salerno on June 1, the ISAF said. The Haqqani leader also is an explosives expert suspected of building the vehicle-born IEDs that the insurgents detonated at the Salerno gate, the ISAF said.

Another combined force detained several suspects during a search for a Haqqani leader in the Pul-e 'Alam district of Logar province.

In operations Monday, a coalition airstrike killed several insurgents in the Waygul district of Nuristan province; an airstrike killed two Taliban leaders in the Wali Muhammad Shahid Khugyani district of Ghazni province. One of those killed was the senior Taliban leader in the Wali Muhammad Shahid Khugyani and Ghazni districts.

Also Monday, a combined force killed three insurgents and detained six others in the Charkh district of Logar province, the ISAF said.

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