|Afghan soldiers return to base after conducting a security operation in Farah province, Afghanistan, Jan. 19, 2013. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Chadwick de Bree|
FROM: U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE
Combined Force Arrests Haqqani Network Facilitator
From an International Security Assistance Force Joint Command News Release
KABUL, Afghanistan, Jan. 24, 2013 - A combined Afghan and coalition security force arrested a Haqqani network facilitator in the Sabari district of Afghanistan's Khost province today, military officials reported.
The facilitator was responsible for purchasing and selling weapons to support the insurgency, and he coordinated the movement of bomb-making materials and ammunition.
The security force also detained two suspected insurgents and seized firearms in the operation.
In Afghanistan operations yesterday:
-- A combined force in Kandahar province's Panjwai district arrested a Taliban facilitator who coordinated the movement of weapons and ammunition for attacks against Afghan and coalition forces. He also provided financial and logistic support for improvised explosive devices and offered a safe haven for insurgents. The security force also detained a suspected insurgent and seized 100 pounds of illegal narcotics.
-- In Logar province's Pul-e Alam district, coalition forces found more than 33 tons of ammonium nitrate, a banned fertilizer insurgents use to make explosives, and nearly 20,000 feet of electrical wire.
-- A combined force in Kunar province's Ghaziabad district killed two insurgents during a search for an al-Qaida-associated Taliban leader who organizes attacks against Afghan and coalition forces and enables insurgent movements.
-- In Nangarhar province's Khugyani district, a precision airstrike killed three heavily armed insurgents.