Diggers, Afghan forces capture insurgent leader
AUSTRALIAN and Afghan troops have captured an insurgent commander who led a contingent planting deadly improvised bombs in part of Oruzgan province.
T h e u n n a me d T a l i b a n leader was detained during a combined operation involving the Australian troops and Afghan National Security Forces in mid-February, but news of the operation did not emerge until yesterday on the Department of Defence’s website.
Defence said intelligence provided by the Special Operations Task Group allowed A u s t r a l i a n a n d A f g h a n troops to intercept those attending an insurgent ‘‘ shura’’ or meeting.
Afghan forces and Diggers conducted a cordon and search operation in the area l i nking t he Baluchi and Chora valleys.
Defence said they detained a number of persons of interest, who were taken to the Australian detention facility at Tarin Kowt.
‘‘. . . one of the detainees was identified as an insurgent commander from the Baluchi IED ( improvised explosive device) cell, responsible for a number of Afghan and coalition casualties.’’