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Unclassified ________________________________________ Afghan security forces arrest Taleban commander in west IAP20070307950081 Herat Radio Sahar in Dari 1230 GMT 07 Mar 07 [OSC Translated Text] Afghan security forces arrest Taleban commander in west Text of report by Afghan independent Radio Sahar on 7 March [Presenter] Farah Province security forces have reported that they have arrested one of the active Taleban commanders. According to the security officials, the detained commander has been playing a key role in many attacks organized against the government security checkpoints. Hami Azad has further details on this: [Correspondent] Farah Province Security Commander Sayed Agha Saqeb says the security forces managed to arrest Mullah Fateh Mohammad while he was trying to enter the city of Farah through Bakwa District. The security commander says the detained Taleban commander has been playing an active role in most of the Taleban''s offensives against the government. Mr Saqeb described Mullah Fateh Mohammad as one of the famous Taleban commanders. [Sayed Agha Saqeb] He is one of the key Taleban commanders, who originally comes from the northern areas of Farah Province and lives in Bakwa District of the province. He has been playing a pivotal role in organizing attacks against the government forces. Our anti-terror forces arrested the commander while trying to enter the city. He is currently under investigation. [Correspondent] Security officials assume the government opponents enter Farah Province from neighbouring Helmand. It is worth noting that the government opponents captured Bakwa District of Farah Province some time ago, but the government and NATO forces recaptured the district without any casualties later. Mr Saqeb also reported the arrest of a murderer. According to the commander, the suspect had killed one of the security officers in Bakwa District some time back.