KABUL, Afghanistan (Dec. 28, 2010) -- Afghan and coalition forces captured a Haqqani Network leader who conducts attacks against Afghan National Security Forces and coalition forces, during a security operation in Khost Province yesterday.

Intelligence reports indicate the Haqqani network leader facilitates the movement of Improvised Explosive Device-making materials from Pakistan into Khost Province. He was responsible for IED attacks against Afghan and coalition forces.

The security force followed intelligence tips to a compound in Terayzai District to search for the leader. Afghan forces used a loudspeaker to call for all occupants to exit peacefully before the joint security force cleared and secured the building.

After the area was secure, the Haqqani leader identified himself to authorities during questioning, at which time he was detained. Two other suspected insurgents were also detained. A search of the insurgent's house resulted in finding a mortar round and military-style equipment.

The operation was conducted during hours of darkness to minimize the risk to local citizens. No women or children were injured or detained during this operation.

Security forces conducted the operation without firing their weapons.