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Afghan, NATO forces step up pressure on militants


10:27, January 20, 2013

KABUL, Jan. 19 (Xinhua) -- Afghan government forces and the NATO- led coalition troops have been stepping up pressure on the Taliban insurgents and other militant groups across the insurgency- hit country.

A Taliban local leader has been killed and seven other militants, including four Taliban leaders, have been detained in the latest raids against the insurgency and its supply lines, the NATO-led coalition forces confirmed in a press release on Saturday.

"During a security operation in Sherzad district, Nangarhar province, today, Afghan and coalition force killed a local Taliban leader, Qari Sayed Wali, and arrested a second Taliban leader," the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said in the release.

According to the release, the killed Taliban leader distributed and emplaced IEDs throughout Sherzad district and conducted the April 2012 attack on the Sherzad District Center in the province 120 km east of Kabul.

"The security force also detained two suspected insurgents and seized multiple weapons and ammunition as a result of the operation," the press said.

Separately, another Afghan and coalition security force arrested a Haqqani leader in Terayzai district, Khost province 150 km southeast of Kabul earlier in the day, the coalition release added.

"The leader directed attacks against Afghan and coalition forces in Khost province. He also oversaw the construction and delivery of IEDs to insurgents operating in Terayzai district, and helped acquire IED components, ammunition and detonation materials. During the operation, the security force also detained one suspected insurgent."

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