July 23rd, 2010
03:44 PM ET

Taliban commanders among insurgents arrested

Six insurgents, among them two Taliban commanders, have been captured in eastern Afghanistan, the military said Friday.

A man named Besmullah was also captured, said a statement from NATO's International Security Assistance Force. He served as a deputy to the former Taliban spokesman, Abdul Hay Motmaen, when the Taliban ruled Afghanistan.

International forces in Afghanistan have been aggressively pursuing insurgents and have captured several senior leaders in recent months.

The arrests Thursday in Ghazni came a day after the military said it had captured several insurgents who were planning to attack an international aid conference that took place this week in Kabul. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was among those who attended.

— Journalist Matiullah Mati contributed to this report.

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