NATO, Afghan forces detain over 100 Taliban local leaders in one month: NATO

17:07, January 24, 2011      

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Afghan and NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) forces have detained more than 100 Taliban local leaders and commanders over the past one month, ISAF spokesman Brigadier-General Josef Blotz said on Monday. "In the past 30 days, ISAF and Afghan forces have detained more than 100 high-valued targets, consisting from primarily of Taliban and Haqqani mid- to high-level leaders," Blotz told reporters in a regular press briefing here.

The spokesman of over 140,000 NATO-led force also emphasized, "The success of these operations is the halting and reversing of insurgent momentum."

"Afghan forces and their international military partners are continuing to move into locations that were once Taliban strongholds," Blotz said. "Over a single 24 hour period between the 18th and 19th of January, Afghan and coalition forces conducted more than 80 conventional and special operations against insurgents," he said.

The NATO-led forces in conjuction with Afghan army have been mounting pressure against Taliban militnats to eliminate or force them to lay down their arms and resume normal life.

However, Taliban insurgents have intensified their activities against security forces following a series of suicide attacks and roadside bombings in a bid to force NATO-led troops leave the post- Taliban central Asian state.

Source: Xinhua

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