ISAF and Afghan special operations forces captured another Afghan Taliban commander who used the Pakistani border city of Chaman in Baluchistan province as a base of operations. From the ISAF press release:
Afghan and coalition forces detained a Taliban attack leader, along with several suspected insurgents during an operation in Kandahar City, Kandahar province yesterday.
The detained militant was a Kandahar City-based Taliban leader who had recently been in Nad ‘Ali district, Helmand province; Spin Bolak district, Kandahar province; Chaman, Pakistan. He also was coordinating attacks in Kabul City against Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan officials and coalition forces.
The Taliban use Chaman as a command and control center for operations in the south, particularly in Kandahar. Mullah Zakir, the former Gitmo detainee and now the chief of the Taliban’s military operations, often operates from Chaman, according to US intelligence. You can read more about the importance of Chaman to the Taliban’s operations in the south here. And more about US commanders’ frustration with the Taliban havens in Baluchistan here. Keep in mind that Chaman is far, far away from Pakistan’s tribal areas.
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