U.S. led anti-terrorism coalition
forces in Afghanistan say they have captured a senior member of the ousted Taleban
U.S. military officials believe Taleban commander Mullah Janan was responsible
for rocket attacks on one of the coalition bases in the southern Uruzgan Province.
A brief U.S. military statement says the senior Taleban official was captured
late Sunday in the Deh Raud region of the province.
Sergeant-Major Harrison Sarles, a spokesman for the U.S. military in Afghanistan,
said "Mullah Janan was captured by coalition special operations forces in an
operation near Deh Raud. Janan was observed leaving the area by coalition special
forces. He was brought under control at an AMF [Afghan Militia Forces checkpoint}
as he attempted to flee the area."
The U.S.-led coalition removed the Taleban from power in Afghanistan in late
2001 for harboring the al-Qaida terrorist network. But most of the senior members
of the hard-line Islamic Taleban remain at large, including its chief, Mullah
Members of the ousted Taleban and their allies are blamed for guerilla attacks
on American and Afghan forces that have killed dozens of people in recent weeks.
Meanwhile, governor of the southeastern Zabul Province, Hafeez Ullah, told
VOA that more than 1,000 Afghan soldiers are engaged in what he describes a "clean
up" operation in the region. He says that an unspecified number of coalition
forces is also taking part in the activity. At least 10 people are said to
have been detained for alleged links with the Taleban.