Another Taliban ‘Commander’ Captured; This Time in Helmand
This arrest doesn’t appear to be anywhere near as important as the last several. Nor was this individual captured in Pakistan. But this is the latest news from Operation Moshtarek in Afghanistan, courtesy of a NATO press statement emailed to reporters:
A joint Afghan National Security Force (ANSF) and International Security and Assistance Force (ISAF) patrol detained a Taliban commander involved with improvised explosive device (IED) manufacturing and planning Taliban attacks, Wednesday in Helmand province.
After identifying the vehicle in which the Taliban commander was travelling south of Wushtan village in Helmand’s Sangin district, ANSF and ISAF forces captured the primary suspect and two associates, without firing a shot.
In addition to detaining the suspects, a search of the vehicle yielded 143 military grade detonators.
I dunno. NATO press releases typically call alleged Taliban suspects “commanders.” And why would a commander’s vehicle have so many detonators? That would appear more like foot-soldier behavior. On the other hand, maybe ISAF is right and this is another commander taken in.