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Taliban 'Judge' Who Ordered Beheadings Arrested

4/24/2012 9:22 AM ET

A Taliban leader who served as a Taliban judge, and ordered beheadings and other punishments for Afghan civilians while implementing Taliban law, has been arrested in one of a series of joint operations by Afghan and coalition security forces in various parts of Afghanistan on Tuesday.

He was detained along with many other insurgents in an operation held in Zurmat district of eastern Paktiya province, ISAF Joint Command said in its operational update.

The leader was targeted as he organized suicide bombings and other attacks against Afghan and coalition security forces throughout the district.

A Taliban facilitator and explosives expert was arrested during an operation in Baraki Barak district, Logar province. The facilitator coordinated roadside bombings against Afghan and coalition security forces throughout the district.

In Shinwar district, Nangarhar province, a Provincial Response Company advised by coalition forces detained a Taliban leader and improvised explosive device expert. He was responsible for transporting and emplacing IEDs throughout the province, as well as attacks against ANSF and coalition forces. Several other militants were also detained during the operation.

A Provincial Response Company, along with additional Afghan security forces and coalition advisers, discovered a weapons cache during an operation to disrupt insurgent weapons trafficking and secure transportation routes in Achin district, Nangarhar province.

A leader each from the Haqqani and the Taliban networks were taken into custody during an operation in Pul-e 'Alam district in the eastern province of Logar. The Haqqani leader directed roadside bombings and other attacks against Afghan and coalition security forces throughout Pul-e 'Alam and Baraki Barak districts, while the Taliban leader coordinated attacks against Afghan and coalition troops in the region.

Multiple suspected insurgents were detained in operations in Dand district of Kandahar province, and in Sangin district of Helmand province, both in the south.

by RTT Staff Writer

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