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Army February 2, 2012
AFGHAN National Security Forces
(ANSF) and members of the Special
Operations Task Group (SOTG)
detained an insurgent commander dur-
ing a cordon and search mission in
Uruzgan province on January 3.
CO SOTG Lt-Col J said a high-level
insurgent commander was detained with
several other people of interest during
He said the mission was to target
insurgent leadership operations and to
detain the insurgent commander for his
involvement with IEDs and attacks on
"The insurgent commander is sus-
pected of leading a network of 30-50
insurgents who were responsible for
manufacturing and emplacing IEDs and
supplying IED parts to insurgents in the
Tarin Kot bowl," he said.
"It is alleged the insurgent network
was responsible for a number of kidnap-
pings and beatings of local nationals."
Lt-Col J said ANSF and SOTG
would continue to detain insurgents who
had any involvement in manufacturing,
emplacing or supplying IEDs and their
"IEDs not only kill and wound coali-
tion forces, more disturbingly they kill
and wound innocent Afghan civilians.
If insurgents are involved with IEDs,
it is only a matter of time until we find
them," he said.
No Afghan or Australian troops were
wounded or killed during the mission.
Winter ops target leaders
Australian Special Forces and Afghan troops capture insurgent leader with links to IEDs
Hunting insurgents: SOTG personnel revise their mission plan before boarding a Black Hawk in Afghanistan (file photo). Australian Special Forces
have continued to partner with ANSF to disrupt the insurgency during the Afghan winter.
Photo by Cpl Chris Moore
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