German Brig. Gen. Carsten Jacobson, a spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition in Afghanistan, told reporters Monday that the operations, which lasted about a week, were led by Afghan security forces with the support of coalition troops. They were aimed at disrupting militant groups, including the al-Qaida and Taliban-affiliated Haqqani network.
Jacobson says that at least 20 insurgents with links to Haqqani were among those killed and captured in the operations conducted in provinces south of Kabul and in areas around the capital and in eastern Afghanistan.
The forces also seized more than 400 kilograms of explosives, weapons, munitions and computers.