Prominent Taliban commander captured by NATO

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January 17, 2007 07:58

 
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NATO-led troops and Afghan forces detained a prominent Taliban commander during a raid on a compound in southern Afghanistan, the alliance said Wednesday. The commander, whom NATO did not name, was captured in the Gereshk district of Helmand province late Tuesday and is the first Taliban leader captured by NATO-led and Afghan troops, NATO said in a statement. The captured militant is wanted for questioning by Afghan security forces but managed to flee the latest offensive operation by Afghan and foreign security forces in the south, NATO said. "This seizure of a Taliban commander, once again shows that there is nowhere to hide for insurgent leaders" said NATO spokesman Squadron Leader Dave Marsh.

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