Foreign Taliban fighter captured in N. Afghanistan

23:06, September 15, 2010      

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Afghan and NATO-led troops captured several Taliban insurgents in a joint operation, including a foreign fighter in Chardara district of Afghanistan's northern Kunduz province on Tuesday, the military alliance said in a press release on Wednesday.

"Afghan and coalition forces detained several insurgents in Kunduz province Tuesday, including an Uzbek of Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan foreign fighter facilitator operating in Chardara district," the press release added.

Without giving more details the press release added that the arrested commander "maintains ties to local Taliban."

It also stressed that there were no casualties on civilians including women and children during the operation.

Hours before, the governor of Chardara district Abdul Wahid Omarkhil in talks with Xinhua emphasized that "Soldiers of NATO- led forces raided a house in Ainulmajar village of Chardara district last night and arrested former member of provincial council Mawlawi Abadullah along with two of his brothers and three others on charge of having link with Taliban militants."

Chardara district has been regarded as the stronghold of Taliban militants in Kunduz province from where the militants have expanded their activities to the neighboring Baghlan province and adjoining areas.

Source: Xinhua


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