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Two Taliban Leaders Held In Joint Operations In Afghanistan

Several Taliban militants, including two of their leaders, were arrested by Afghan and coalition security forces in joint operations carried out in various parts of Afghanistan on Thursday, the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said in a statement.

One of the Taliban leaders was captured in Zharay district in the southern province of Kandahar. He coordinated the movement of insurgents between Pakistan and Kandahar province. He also recruited new Taliban members and provided them with weapons and ammunition for attacking Afghan and coalition security forces.

The second Taliban leader was picked up from Washir district, Helmand province. He planned and directed attacks against Afghan and coalition security forces throughout the district. The security forces detained two other insurgents during the operation.

The ISAF statement did not disclose the identity of the detained leaders.

A Taliban facilitator was taken into custody during an operation in Charkh district in the eastern province of Logar. He had provided weapons and explosives to militants for attacking Afghan and NATO forces.

An operation to capture a Taliban leader in Maidan Shahr district of Wardak province resulted in the detention of several suspected insurgents.

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