40 insurgents killed, 3 commanders captured
Thirty militants were killed in Reg-e Khan Neshin district of Helmand where the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) had launched an operation to disrupt Taliban efforts to traffic drugs, a statement from the international force said.
ISAF did not say when it launched the operation or whether it was in cooperation with Afghan security forces.
Meanwhile, in eastern Afghanistan, 10 suspected insurgents who had approached a combat outpost in Kunar province with weapons, were killed, it said. The suspects were considered a serious threat, it said.
Also, three top insurgent commanders were captured in the east on Wednesday, the coalition said.
In Jaghatu district of Wardak province, Afghan and coalition forces captured a Taliban leader in southern Sayed Abad district who had supplied weapons and coordinated funds for foreign fighters.
He also purchased fertilizer for manufacturing home-made bombs, the statement said.
A Haqqani network leader who had provided financial, media and logistical support to the network was captured on Wednesday in Sabari district of Khost province, it said.
The leader operated in Terayzai district and was responsible for acquiring weapons, suicide vest homemade bombs, and financial support for the network’s operations, it said.
In the same district, Afghan and coalition security forces targeted a Hizb-i-Islami Afghanistan leader and detained three suspected insurgents.
The leader was responsible for about 50 fighters in Sabari and had assisted in making home-made bombs which he then sold to other insurgents.
He also transports foreign fighters across the Afghanistan/Pakistan border and facilitates their movement throughout Khost province, it said.
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