1 rebel killed, 9 arrested by Afghan army
www.chinaview.cn 2008-01-23 22:01:46   Print

    KABUL, Jan. 23 (Xinhua) -- Afghan National Security Forces, back by the U.S.-led Coalition force, on Tuesday disrupted a Taliban command and control networks in southern Afghan province of Helmand, killing one insurgent and arresting nine others, said a statement issued by the U.S.-led Coalition on Wednesday.

    The combined force conducted a search of several compounds in the Musa Qaleh district, targeting a Taliban commander, who reportedly has ties with foreign fighters and drug trafficking networks, the statement said.

    The combined force engaged in a fire exchange with rebels and one insurgent was killed in the clash, it said.

    Nine other individuals were arrested for their involvement in extremist activities, it added.

    The Musa Qala district was fallen in the control of Taliban militants since February 2007 and retaken by Afghan National Army (ANA) and the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force on December 2007.

    Over 6,000 people were killed in conflicts and Taliban-related violence last year while militants may intensify their attacks in 2008 in Afghanistan.

Editor: Sun Yunlong
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