Taliban Leader Arrested in Helmand Raid

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A Taliban leader was arrested in a joint Afghan-Isaf operation in Lashkargah in the southern Helmand province on Saturday, Isaf said.

The leader facilitated the movement of weapons, ammunition, fighters and equipment into Washer district for use in attacks against Afghan and coalition forces. He also directed the emplacement of improvised explosive devices and targeted Afghan National Army officers throughout Helmand province for assassination, Isaf said in a statement.

Three suspected insurgents were also captured in the operation, according to Isaf.

The statement also said that an Afghan-led security force, supported by coalition troops, arrested a Taliban facilitator in Khost district in the eastern Khost province on Sunday.

"The facilitator acquired and transferred weapons and ammunition to Taliban and Haqqani cells operating in Logar province and sold and delivered machine guns, rockets and improvised explosive devices to insurgents throughout Kabul, Pul-e-Alam and Baraki Barak districts," the statement said.

It comes as another Taliban leader was arrested in Zurmat district of Paktiya province yesterday. He planted improvised explosive devices and conducted attacks against Afghan and coalition forces. He also oversaw the movement of suicide bombers in the district.

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