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A Taliban senior leader and an insurgent were arrested in a joint Afghan and Nato troops operation in eastern Nangarhar province early Monday, Isaf said.

“An Afghan and coalition security force arrested a senior Taliban leader and one other insurgent during an operation in Khugyani district, Nangarhar province, today,” Isaf said in a statement.

The leader is responsible for a wide range of insurgent activities in Khugyani district. He has planned and directed assassinations against government officials, conducted multiple attacks targeting Afghan and coalition forces, and has facilitated the movement of money, weapons and insurgent fighters throughout the local area, it said.

The statement also said that Afghan and coalition security forces confirmed today the arrest of a senior insurgent leader with ties to both the Taliban and the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan during an operation in Burkah district, Baghlan province, yesterday.

The leader has operational control over a group of fighters responsible for multiple attacks against Afghan and coalition forces.

It comes as eight other insurgents were killed in separate joint operations in the country. The Isaf statement said that two Taliban facilitators were also captured in joint operations.

The first Taliban facilitator and one other insurgent were arrested during an operation in Maiwand district of  Kandahar province, today.

The facilitator is responsible for providing weapons and fighters to multiple insurgent groups in the local area. He has a history of distributing IEDs, grenades, machineguns, ammunition and other military supplies for use in attacks against Afghan and coalition forces.

Another Taliban facilitator and four other insurgents were arrested during an operation in Nawah-ye Barakzai district of southern Helmand province, today. The facilitator has a history of distributing IEDs to various insurgent cells throughout Helmand province. He has also participated in multiple attacks against Afghan and coalition forces.

Isaf also confirmed the death of two Taliban leaders in separate operations of the joint forces.

“Afghan and coalition security forces confirmed today the death of Taliban leader, Shafiq, during an operation in Shah Wali Kot district, Kandahar province, Wednesday,” the Isaf statement said.

Shafiq, also known as Khan, was responsible for numerous attacks against Afghan and coalition forces throughout Kandahar province. He and his subordinates were involved in IED operations.

The second Taliban leader, Mazloom was killed during an operation in Nawah-ye Barakzai district of Helmand province, April 25. Mazloom was involved in IED operations and direct fire attacks against Afghan and coalition forces.

He was also responsible for kidnapping an Afghan National Security Force soldier, training subordinate insurgent fighters and coordinating the movement of ammunition and weapons to Taliban forces.

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