13 December 2004 -- Afghan government and U.S. officials say 17 suspected Taliban militants have been arrested in the country's south and southeast over the past three days.
The arrests took place in the city of Kandahar, in Uruzgan Province, and at a checkpoint on the road between Kabul and Jalalabad.
Also today, U.S.-led coalition forces said at least three Afghan soldiers were wounded when 11 mortar rounds landed near a coalition base in the southeastern province of Paktika.
And U.S. troops released a group of Arab businessmen who had come to Afghanistan on a hunting trip. The nine Qatari businessmen and their Iranian and Pakistani escorts were detained on 10 December when they crossed the border from Pakistan.