29 Sep. 2008
PR# 2008-505

ANA, ISAF forces capture senior Taliban leader

KABUL, Afghanistan - Afghan and ISAF forces captured a senior Taliban leader in Uruzgan on September 22.

Prior to his capture, Ahmad Shah was a Taliban leader involved in the planning and execution of attacks against Afghan National Army and ISAF soldiers. In addition, he commanded about 50 fighters who operated in civilian-populated rural areas of the province.

“Ahmad Shah’s capture will significantly disrupt Taliban extremist efforts to conduct actions in Uruzgan. This is particularly positive because Shah was a lynchpin in operations that have killed civilians in the past,” said Brigadier General Richard Blanchette, ISAF spokesperson.

No civilians, ANA soldiers or ISAF soldiers were wounded in the operation.

With the assistance of the ANA, ISAF conducted the operation at the request of the Afghan government.

“ISAF is proud to help make Afghanistan a safer place for the Afghan people,” Brigadier General Blanchette added.

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