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.

An 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," Mazhda said.

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.

Futhermore. coalition 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.

In 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 forces patrol.

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 blast.

Also Oct. 2, Coalition forces detained four suspected militants during an operation targeting the Haqqani terrorist network in Khowst province.

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