KABUL, Afghanistan (Oct. 24, 2012) — Afghan and coalition forces yesterday confirmed the arrest of Taliban leader Mullah Abdul Rahman in Kunduz province Oct. 19.
He is accused of being the planner and coordinator behind several high-profile attacks in northern Afghanistan, including the hijacking of fuel trucks in Kunduz in 2009 and the killing of several ISAF soldiers in 2010.
In other International Security Assistance Force news throughout Afghanistan:
Afghan and coalition officials today confirmed the death of Haqqani leader Ehsan, who was killed along with another insurgent by Afghan and coalition forces Monday after being observed executing a mortar attack against Forward Operating Base Shank in Logar province.
An Afghan and coalition security force arrested a Taliban leader in Logar province today. The arrested leader maintained close ties to Haqqani network leadership and was directly involved in planning vehicle-borne improvised explosive device attacks against Afghan and coalition forces in the province. The security force also detained two suspected insurgents and seized several firearms and grenades as a result of the operation.
Afghan and coalition forces killed two insurgents after being attacked by small arms fire during a partnered patrol in Wardak province yesterday. The combined force engaged the three attackers, killing two and forcing a third to flee the area.
Afghan and coalition forces today confirmed the arrest of a Taliban leader in Kandahar province yesterday. The detained Taliban leader was responsible for assassination attempts, IED attacks, and facilitation of lethal aid throughout Kandahar province. During the operation, the security force also detained three suspected insurgents.
An Afghan and coalition force arrested three insurgents during a security operation in search of a Taliban leader in Helmand province today.
The Afghan National Interdiction Unit, partnered with coalition forces, seized nearly 1,000 pounds (455 kilograms) of narcotics and bomb-making material, including opium, heroin, hashish and ammonium nitrate, in Nimroz province Monday. "The NIU has taken the lead on eradicating the contraband in the area," said Maj. Moni Laube, an ISAF special operations official in southern Afghanistan. "They are here to help rid the area of drugs that insurgents rely upon for financial support, thus making the area safe for the people of Afghanistan."