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NATO Says Captures Senior Haqqani Commander In Afghanistan


NATO-led forces say they captured the senior commander for the Haqqani network in Afghanistan, Haji Mali Khan, during an operation in eastern Paktia province earlier in the week.

Khan is "the uncle of Siraj and Badruddin Haqqani," the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said in a statement, and had reportedly established a militant camp in Paktia province in the past year.

ISAF said Khan was captured on September 27 in the Jani Khel district of Paktia Province, along with his deputy and bodyguard. ISAF said he was heavily armed but "submitted...without incident or resistance."

The statement said Khan managed bases and operations in both Afghanistan and Pakistan, moving forces across the border for attacks, as well as transferring funds and sourcing supplies.

compiled from Reuters reports