Last night, ISAF noted that the Taliban was training “foreign fighters” at camps in the Sayyad Valley district in the northern province of Sar-i-Pul. In the same press release, ISAF also noted that special operations forces targeted a Taliban commander in Zabul who is linked to “insurgent foreign fighter training camps.”
In Qalat District, Zabul province, yesterday, Afghan and coalition forces targeted a Taliban facilitator and detained several suspected insurgents during security operations.
The facilitator is responsible for the movement, distribution, and emplacement of IEDs along Highway 1 in Qalat District, and is directly associated with other Taliban leaders who have ties to insurgent foreign fighter training camps, where they train new recruits. He also provides financial and logistical support to the insurgent organization and is also involved in the transportation of heavy weapons systems.
ISAF uses the term “foreign fighters” to describe members of al Qaeda and allied terror groups operating in Afghanistan. And while all “foreign fighters” are not necessarily used by al Qaeda to carry out operations against the West (some just serve as foot soldiers in Afghanistan and Pakistan), members of this pool are often recruited to carry out operations in their home countries.
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