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Afghan and coalition security force captures Haqqani commander in Paktiya
By ISAF Joint Command - Afghanistan
Jul 30, 2010 - 3:38:44 PM
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KABUL, Afghanistan - An Afghan and coalition security force detained four suspected insurgents in Paktiya province last night including a Haqqani Network sub-commander who facilitates the movement of weapons into Gardez district.

The commander was in direct contact with senior Haqqani leadership operating in the Khost-Gardez area and in Pakistan.

The security force targeted a compound near the village of Sarkari Kala in Gardez district and secured the area. Afghan forces then called for all residents to peacefully exit the compound. After initial questioning on scene, the commander and three additional suspected insurgents were detained. Multiple automatic weapons, magazines, grenades and chest racks were found along with an improvised explosive device (IED) blasting cap.

No shots were fired and the women and children were protected throughout the search.

"The Haqqani Network is notorious for recruiting foreign fighters into Afghanistan, further enabling their violent practices within the Khost-Gardez Pass," said Col. Rafael Torres, ISAF Joint Command Combined Joint Operations Center director. "We will relentlessly pursue the leaders of this organization."

Coalition forces took advantage of a brief target of opportunity earlier this week by conducting several precision strikes on a bunker complex in Paktiya province where the senior Haqqani Network commander for K-G pass was believed to be hiding. The commander was responsible for the overall command and control of all Haqqani and foreign fighter camps in the area. Afghan and coalition forces are still gathering information to confirm the commander's death, but at least a dozen insurgents were reportedly killed in the strikes. As a result of careful planning and mitigation, no civilians were hurt or wounded in the operation.

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