Earlier today, ISAF announced that its forces captured a “a suspected Taliban media and propaganda facilitator, who participated in filming election attacks, during an overnight operation in Ghazni province.” From the ISAF press release:
Intelligence reporting led the security force to a compound in the village of Qal’eh-ye Amir in Ghazni district to search for the targeted individual. Afghan forces called for all occupants to exit the buildings peacefully and then the combined force cleared and secured the compound.
After questioning the residents at the scene, the security force identified and detained the targeted individual. The security force also discovered multiple grenades, ammunition and magazines along with video recording equipment at the scene.
According to Pajwhok Afghan News, the person detained works for The Associated Press and Al Jazeera:
Coalition troops arrested a journalist working for an international news agency during a raid on his residence in southern Ghazni province, Afghan officials and NATO said on Monday.
Rahmatullah Nekzad, working for the Al-Jazeera Television channel and Associated Press (AP), was arrested by the joint assault force in Ghazni City, the provincial capital, late Sunday night.
I have an inquiry out with ISAF Joint Command media operations requesting more information, as well as a confirmation. This post will be updated with any new information.
An ISAF public affairs official confirmed to The Long War Journal that Rahmatullah Nekzad is indeed in custody and that an investigation of his activities will take place. The official said Nekzad will be treated humanely and according to US and international law.
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