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    2 insider attack facilitators killed: NATO

    KABUL (PAN): Afghan and coalition forces on Monday confirmed killing two Taliban insider attack facilitators -- Mahmood and Rashid -- during an operation in the Ghaziabad district of eastern Kunar province on Wednesday.  

    The NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said Mahmood was involved in the killing of an American service member in Kunar on May 11, 2012.

    A statement from ISAF said Rashid was Mahmood's associate and a former Afghan National Army soldier, who facilitated and assisted with insider attack planning and execution. 

    In northern Kunduz province, six insurgents were arrested by Afghan and foreign troops in search of a Taliban leader in Aliabad district.

    The individuals were associated with a Taliban leader who is an improvised explosive device expert and allegedly oversees attacks on Afghan and coalition forces in the province.