Suspected Taliban commander detained in northern Afghanistan
International and Afghan troops captured a suspected high-ranking Taliban commander in northern Afghanistan, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said Wednesday, DPA reported.
Maulawi Roshan was thought to be a senior member of the Taliban provincial commission of Kunduz province, and act as a judge in their parallel court system.
He was also believed to be deputy to the Taliban's shadow governor of the province. He was captured without incident Tuesday, ISAF said, and taken for questioning by Afghan authorities.
The Taliban have established parallel government structures in most of the country's provinces.
ISAF also announced that 14 suspected insurgents were killed when they attacked security forces in the eastern province of Khost on Tuesday.
In the southern province of Helmand, two suspected rebels were killed and three more taken captive in another incident. More were captured in Kandahar province, also in the south, and in the south-eastern province of Ghasni.
One soldier was killed in a clash in the south of the country on Wednesday, ISAF said. The international military does not announce the nationalities of those killed until announced by their own country.
This year became the deadliest for foreign troops on Tuesday, when a helicopter crash killed nine, taking their death toll in the conflict to 529, according to the website icasualties.org.
During 2009, previously the year with the most foreign casualties since the ouster of the Taliban in 2001, 520 coalition troops lost their lives in Afghanistan.