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KABUL, Afghanistan (June 3, 2012) -- Afghan forces, with support from coalition troops, conducted more than 100 special operations in May, resulting in the capture or elimination of dozens of high-level al-Qaida, Taliban and insurgent leaders. The majority of these operations were conducted by the Afghan Special Operations Unit, the Afghan equivalent of United States special operations forces. The unit is comprised of highly-qualified Afghan soldiers from other security forces throughout the country, including the Afghan National Army and Afghan National Police. Afghan Special Operations soldiers undergo intensive training over several months at an undisclosed base in Afghanistan. The unit receives training in combat, communications, marksmanship and medicine from many of the same instructors that teach U.S. special operations forces. “We are very impressed with the continuing success of our Afghan forces,” said the commander of the Afghan Special Operations Unit. “We are working every day to defeat the insurgency and bring peace and security to the people of Afghanistan.” Since December 2011, when the Afghan Special Operations Unit began taking part in all special operations, enemy-initiated attacks have dropped more than sixteen percent across Afghanistan compared to the same period a year ago. All special operations are approved by the Afghan Operational Coordination Group (OCG) and conducted in accordance with Afghan laws, as defined in the recently signed Memorandum of Understanding. Of note are the following operations: On May 3, the Afghan Special Operations Unit, with coalition support, captured Abdullah, an Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) leader, during an operation in Imam Sahib district, Kunduz province. Abdullah was planning simultaneous suicide operations across several provinces as part of an imminent high-profile attack. Abduallah was also responsible for attempting to form an insurgent cell in the Imam Sahib district and acquiring weapons for future attacks. In addition, he was involved in an assassination plot to kill a senior Afghan government official.