KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) ? A suspected Taliban commander has been detained in central Afghanistan by security forces who handed him over to the U.S. military, a local official said Monday.
Mullah Mohammed Naeem surrendered Friday after Afghan troops surrounded a house near Deh Rawood in Uruzgan province following a tip, Gov. Jan Mohammed Khan said. "The troops searched the house and eventually found him in the well," he said.
Naeem ran Taliban operations in the region and was responsible for several attacks on American and Afghan troops, Khan said.
Uruzgan has been a focal point of the insurgency waged mainly by Taliban holdouts across southern and eastern Afghanistan, despite the presence of two American firebases and regular offensives.