NATO: Senior Taliban
Leader Mullah Sakhi Dad Mujahid Captured in Afghanistan
06 October 2008
A Taliban field commander has been recaptured after breaking his pledge
not to fight Afghanistan's government. Tthis marks the third time the
Taliban figure finds himself nabbed by his foes.
F/A-18C Hornet refuels with a British Royal Air Force L-1011 aircraft in
southern Afghanistan after conducting operations in Helmand province,
Afghanistan, Sept. 27, 2008. The aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan and
Carrier Air Wing 14 are providing support to coalition forces on the
ground in Afghanistan.
The International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan says NATO-led
troops have captured a Taliban field commander with close links to the
insurgency's senior leadership.
NATO announced that Mullah Sakhi Dad Mujahid, along with another
insurgent, was caught without a shot being fired four days ago in the
province of Uruzgan. Mujahid was the leader of a "significant" number of
insurgents, according to NATO and Afghan officials.
A high-ranking Interior Ministry official say Mujahid had been covertly
directing a guerilla group conducting suicide attacks in and around the
provincial capital, Tirin Kot. The official, who did not want to be
named, says Mujahid "broke his word" to reconcile with the
democratically-elected government and sever ties with the Taliban,
following his release after capture and interrogation in 2004.
At that time, Mujahid was apprehended with a satellite phone containing
the numbers of top Taliban figures, including the head of the movement,
Mullah Omar. Mujahid is said to be the brother-in-law of Omar.
A former foreign ministry official during the Taliban's five-year rule,
Wahid Mazhda, said that many of the captured Taliban, professed to
having reformed themselves, are actually returning to their previous
life as combatants.
"Yes, this is common with the Taliban. When they are released from jail
and they go back to the front line. I know some of these type of
Taliban, released from Guantanamo, and they go back to the battlefield,"
The Taliban were driven out of Kabul in 2001 by U.S.-led forces but have
regrouped in the southern part of the country.
Mujahid's latest detention marks the third time he has been captured. He
was held by the Northern Alliance for several years in the late 1990s.
He was released in a prisoner exchange deal and reportedly was named to
a prominent position in the Taliban government.
forces killed five enemy fighters in operations Oct. 3, targeting
al-Qaeda and Taliban terrorist networks in eastern Afghanistan.
Coalition forces targeted a Taliban sub-commander in Andar district who
is known to plan and coordinate bombing attacks in Ghazni province. He
is also wanted for helping move foreign fighters into Afghanistan.
In Ghazni, coalition forces killed two armed militants. Coalition forces
found several AK-47s and bomb-making materials at the compound.
In Konar, coalition forces called in air strikes on several enemy
fighters as they approached a U.S. base. Three armed militants were
killed. Forces searched the area and found several AK-47s, hand grenades
and other military style equipment.
other operations in Afghanistan, one civilian was killed and four others
wounded in the village of Matin in Pech District, Konar province,
yesterday when militants attacked an Afghan National Army and coalition
The fighters shot at the joint forces patrol and fired rocket-propelled
grenades. The enemy fighters also attacked the local village, according
to officials. The body of the civilian was recovered. No coalition
forces were wounded.
One enemy fighter blew himself up Oct. 2 as coalition forces targeted
the Haqqani terrorist network in Khowst province. Coalition forces
searched a compound for a known foreign fighter facilitator for the
Haqqani terrorist network. As forces moved in, the suspect detonated a
suicide vest, killing himself. No coalition forces were injured in the
Also Oct. 2, Coalition forces detained four suspected militants during
an operation targeting the Haqqani terrorist network in Khowst province.