News: Suspected Taliban insurgents detained in Helmand by Afghan-led force
KABUL – An Afghan and coalition security force detained two suspected Taliban insurgents in Helmand province Monday while in pursuit of a Taliban commander who is responsible for ordering small arms fire and improvised explosive device attacks against Afghan civilians, Afghan and coalition security forces.
The joint security force targeted a compound in remote Marjah district to search for the commander. Afghan forces called for all residents to exit the compound peacefully and then secured the area. The assault force detained the suspected insurgents after questioning the residents.
“The innocent are suffering at the hands of the Taliban. Their methods to force their warped ideology on the Afghan people are both violent and cruel,” said U.S. Army Col. Rafael Torres, International Security Assistance Force Joint Command Combined Joint Operations Center director. “The Taliban and other insurgent groups like them purposely cause most of the civilian deaths in Afghanistan.”
The security force did not fire their weapons and they protected the woman and children throughout the search.