Afghan, Coalition Forces Detain Insurgents, Find Weapons

WASHINGTON, Jan. 7, 2011 — Afghan and coali­tion detained sev­er­al insur­gents and found weapon stock­piles in recent oper­a­tions through­out Afghanistan, mil­i­tary offi­cials report­ed.
In oper­a­tions today, Afghan and coali­tion troops dis­cov­ered numer­ous stock­piles of weapons and drugs. These oper­a­tions result­ed in seizure of more than 1,000 rounds of small-arms ammu­ni­tion, 180 pounds of opi­um, 33 mor­tar rounds, 24 rock­et-pro­pelled grenades, 20 pounds of home­made explo­sives, six hand grenades, five assault rifles and assort­ed bomb-mak­ing mate­ri­als.

In oper­a­tions yes­ter­day:

— Afghan and coali­tion forces detained numer­ous sus­pect­ed insur­gents in Nim­roz province’s Khash Rod dis­trict while search­ing for a Tal­iban leader respon­si­ble for traf­fick­ing explo­sive devices through­out the north­ern parts of the province.

— Act­ing on tips from local res­i­dents, secu­ri­ty forces in Pak­tia province’s Gardez dis­trict detained three sus­pect­ed insur­gents, includ­ing two alleged Tal­iban financiers. The sus­pects report­ed­ly coor­di­nate finan­cial aid and logis­tics for Tal­iban oper­a­tions through­out the province.

— Afghan and coali­tion forces detained a Tal­iban leader in Zab­ul province’s Qalat dis­trict, thanks to tips from local res­i­dents. The leader is respon­si­ble for plant­i­ng road­side bombs along roads secu­ri­ty forces use fre­quent­ly.

Afghan and coali­tion forces have detained more than 40 sus­pect­ed Tal­iban mem­bers this year, includ­ing at least 10 senior Tal­iban lead­ers, offi­cials said.

Com­piled from Inter­na­tion­al Secu­ri­ty Assis­tance Force Joint Com­mand News Releas­es

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