Afghan, Coalition Forces Kill, Detain Insurgents

WASHINGTON, Dec. 16, 2010 — Afghan and coali­tion forces killed and detained sev­er­al insur­gents in oper­a­tions today through­out east­ern and south­ern Afghanistan, mil­i­tary offi­cials report­ed.
Sev­er­al insur­gents were killed in Hel­mand province’s San­gin dis­trict after ambush­ing an Afghan and coali­tion patrol. The secu­ri­ty forces used small-arms fire, artillery fire, and close-air sup­port dur­ing the engage­ment. Troops also dis­cov­ered a stock­pile of bomb-mak­ing mate­ri­als.

In Pak­tiya province, Afghan and coali­tion forces detained sev­er­al sus­pect­ed insur­gents tied to a weapons stock­pile found by the troops. The cache includ­ed more than 40 mor­tar rounds, sev­en anti-tank mines and var­i­ous bomb-mak­ing materials. 

Anoth­er oper­a­tion in Helmand’s Mar­ja and Garm Ser dis­tricts, net­ted a stock­pile of more than 70 mor­tar rounds, 20 hand grenades and more than a 1,000 rounds of small-arms ammunition. 

Also, today, offi­cials from NATO’s Inter­na­tion­al Secu­ri­ty Assis­tance Force are inves­ti­gat­ing reports that four Afghan troops were killed in a recent ISAF airstrike. The inci­dent occurred in Hel­mand province. A com­bined patrol came under attack and request­ed the airstrike. 

Afghan and coali­tion forces yes­ter­day in Kan­da­har province’s Pan­jwa’i dis­trict detained sev­er­al sus­pect­ed insur­gents with alleged ties to a Tal­iban bomb facil­i­ta­tor. Secu­ri­ty forces approached the facilitator’s report­ed loca­tion and used a loud­speak­er to call indi­vid­u­als out of the build­ing. The sus­pects were tak­en into cus­tody with­out incident. 

In Kab­ul province’s Pagham dis­trict, secu­ri­ty forces detained a known kid­nap­per. He was pos­i­tive­ly iden­ti­fied upon a search of his home and tak­en into cus­tody for fur­ther questioning. 

Com­piled from Inter­na­tion­al Secu­ri­ty Assis­tance Force Joint Com­mand News Releases 

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