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Friday, March 15, 2013

NEWS FROM AFGHANISTAN FOR MARCH 15, 2013

 
U.S. soldiers and Albanian special operations forces join with Afghan border police and soldiers in the Spin Boldak district of Afghanistan's Kandahar province, March 3, 2013. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Shane Hamann

FROM: U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE
Combined Force Arrests Taliban Facilitator
From an International Security Assistance Force Joint Command News Release

KABUL, Afghanistan, March 15, 2013 - A combined Afghan and coalition security force arrested a Taliban facilitator and detained another insurgent in the Kandahar district of Afghanistan's Kandahar province yesterday, military officials reported.

The Taliban facilitator is accused of acquiring and distributing lethal aid to fighters in Kandahar and Uruzgan provinces, officials said. In the past, he has also provided grenades, ammunition, home-made explosive material and improvised explosive devices for use in attacks against Afghan and coalition forces.

In other Afghanistan operations yesterday:

-- A combined force killed an insurgent in Helmand province's Nahr-e Saraj district.

-- A combined force detained a number of insurgents during an operation in search of a senior Haqqani leader in Khost province's Manduzai district. The sought-after Haqqani leader has been fighting against Afghan and coalition forces for nearly five years and has more than 200 insurgents under his command. He has directed them to attack Afghan and coalition forces in multiple provinces throughout Afghanistan, including Khost, Paktiya and Paktika. The Haqqani leader also has experience working in terrorist training camps and guiding and equipping extremist fighters in order to conduct operations against the Afghan people and government.

-- A combined force killed a number of insurgents during two security operations in Ghazni province's Andar district.