Kabul: NATO forces said on Friday they have
detained two insurgent leaders in Afghanistan`s east and in
the south where troops are battling deeply dug-in militants,
and that more than 430 suspected militants have been detained
over the last month.
Afghan and coalition forces also killed at least 15
insurgents in a firefight in eastern Kunar province who were
trying to set up an attack position. The coalition said
initial reports indicated there were no injuries to civilians.
NATO said Afghan and international forces captured a
senior Taliban leader based in the Panjwai district of
Kandahar province yesterday. A military operation called
"Dragon Strike" is under way in Kandahar, the heartland of the
Taliban insurgency, to clear the area of militants.
Five NATO service members were killed yesterday in
that area, where NATO says it expects hard fighting. Three
died when a homemade bomb exploded and two were killed
separately, one following an insurgent attack and another in
This year has already become the deadliest of the
nine-year war for the coalition.
In the Shahjoy district of Zabul, just north of
Kandahar, four Taliban members and one farmer were killed
while planting a bomb, Mohammad Jan Rasoolyar, a spokesman for
the provincial governor, said today. He said the deaths
occurred last night.
In its announcement today, NATO said the captured
Taliban leader helped militants obtain weapons and improvised
explosive device components and provided training and bed-down
locations for the Taliban leadership. It said the security
force did not fire its weapons in taking the leader into