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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

NATO Captures 2 Taliban Leaders

KABUL, Afghanistan -- Afghan and NATO-led forces have captured two senior Taliban leaders during an offensive to retake the insurgents' most important stronghold in Afghanistan, the Afghan Defense Ministry said Sunday.

Musa Qala, in the southern province of Helmand, is symbolic for both sides in the conflict in Afghanistan as the only sizeable Afghan town controlled by the Taliban.

Forty-eight hours after the operation began there was less fighting, as troops resupplied and positioned themselves for the assault on the town.

"If you think of it like a house, the house is surrounded, the Afghan army is waiting outside. We are in the process of kicking the door in, then the Afghan army is going through it," British army spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Richard Eaton said.

"Right now it is going according to plan." said General Dan McNeill, a NATO commander.