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U.S.-led Coalition forces detain seven suspected insurgents in Afghanistan
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16:14, January 22, 2008

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The U.S.-led Coalition forces have detained seven suspected insurgents during a search operation in southern Afghanistan's Zabul province, the military said in a statement issued Tuesday.

"Coalition forces performed a search of several compounds in the Qalat district, targeting insurgents with ties to Taliban and foreign fighter facilitators," the statement said.

As a result, the military found and detained seven individuals, including one who identified himself as a Taliban insurgent, and also recovered two weapons from one of the compounds, it added.

The detained individuals, according to the Coalition forces, will be questioned on their involvement in facilitation operations as well as other extremist activities.

An over 50,000-strong foreign force, separately under the flag of NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and the U.S.-led Coalition forces, are deployed in war-torn Afghanistan, assisting in Afghan government's anti-militants and reconstruction efforts.

Rising militancy-related violence killed over 6,000 people in the post-Taliban nation last year and analysts and NATO commanders have expected an upsurge of guerrilla-style attacks by Taliban militants in 2008. 

Source: Xinhua

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