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A senior leader of the Haqqani network was captured with two other suspected insurgents in a joint Afghan and Isaf operation in eastern Khost province on Tuesday, Isaf said in a statement.

The leader is believed to have facilitated the movement of insurgents and directed the placing of improvised explosive devices (IEDs), the statement said.

A second Haqqani leader was arrested in eastern Logar province in a joint operation on Tuesday, alleged to have organised the transfer of weapons to insurgent fighters throughout the province, Isaf said.

Meanwhile in southern Kandahar province, a weapons facilitator for the Taliban was arrested, alleged to have supplied weapons, ammunition and IEDs to insurgents throughout Kandahar.

Also on Monday, at least four insurgents were killed by a joint security force in eastern Ghazni province, Isaf said in the statement.

It claimed that the security force saw the armed insurgents firing several heavy weapons toward Khugyani district center and the military killed them in response, it said.

An insurgent was also killed in a joint operation in eastern Nangarhar province on Tuesday, it added.

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