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Coalition forces continue to target Haqqani network in Paktia

Release No: UNRELEASED Dec. 2, 2008 PRINT | E-MAIL

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December 2, 2008                                                                              

Release Number 20080212-01

Coalition forces continue to target Haqqani network in Paktia

KABUL, Afghanistan – For the third time in as many days, Coalition forces targeted the Haqqani terrorist network’s Islamic Jihadist Union (IJU) and foreign fighter groups in Paktia, and detained three suspected terrorists Monday.

The operation in Zadran district, located 135 km south of Kabul, targeted a known Haqqani militant believed to be in direct contact with senior Haqqani leaders and to coordinate and direct terrorist activities aimed at destabilizing the region.  Coalition forces searched the compound without incident while protecting five women and sixteen children, and detaining three suspected militants.

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