April 6, 2008

THANKS FOR COMING TO THE MOUNTAIN, MOHAMMED:

Afghan Forces Arrest Taliban Commander, 15 Rebels Dead (Reuters, 4/06/08)

Police captured Taliban commander Abdul Jabar on Saturday, the Interior Ministry said.

Jabar, who the government said organized attacks in the south, was captured while on his way towards Pakistan. He was a deputy of Mullah Mansour Dadullah, a prominent Taliban commander captured in Pakistan in February, it said.

"He was involved in Taliban insurgent operations against the Afghan state and coalition forces," the ministry said in a statement.

Also on Saturday, 15 insurgents were killed in two clashes about 40 km (25 miles) west of Kandahar city, the Defense Ministry said, in an area where NATO and Afghan forces have repeatedly battled the Taliban in recent years.

The Taliban, ousted by U.S.-led forces in 2001, have vowed to step up their violent campaign to expel foreign forces and bring down the Western-backed government.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 6, 2008 8:32 AM
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