Afghan, Coalition Forces Kill, Detain Insurgents

WASHINGTON, Jan. 5, 2011 — Afghan and coali­tion forces killed sev­er­al insur­gents and detained sev­er­al oth­ers in recent oper­a­tions through­out Afghanistan, mil­i­tary offi­cials report­ed.
Coali­tion troops at a com­bat out­post in Hel­mand province’s Kaja­ki dis­trict saw sev­er­al insur­gents plant­i­ng road­side bombs near­by. Troops request­ed artillery fire, which killed the insur­gents and destroyed the explo­sive devices.

In oth­er oper­a­tions yes­ter­day:

— Afghan and coali­tion forces killed two armed mil­i­tants and detained anoth­er in Ghazni province’s Rashidan dis­trict. Tips from local res­i­dents led secu­ri­ty forces to a Tal­iban weapons trafficker’s alleged loca­tion. One mil­i­tant was killed and anoth­er was detained after they opened fire on the patrol. Anoth­er armed mil­i­tant was killed as troops searched inside a build­ing. A third armed insur­gent was killed after engag­ing the troops from a neigh­bor­ing build­ing. Secu­ri­ty forces also con­fis­cat­ed sev­er­al assault rifles, pis­tols and ammu­ni­tion.

— Afghan and coali­tion forces killed two armed mil­i­tants in War­dak province’s Chak‑e War­dak dis­trict. The secu­ri­ty force was search­ing for a Tal­iban weapons traf­fick­er respon­si­ble for pro­vid­ing machine guns and oth­er muni­tions to ene­my fight­ers in the area. The troops were attacked imme­di­ate­ly upon arriv­ing at the trafficker’s report­ed loca­tion and killed two insur­gents in the fight­ing.

— Afghan and coali­tion forces used a pre­ci­sion airstrike to kill two insur­gents spot­ted plant­i­ng road­side bombs in Hel­mand province’s Qalah dis­trict.

— Also in Hel­mand province, secu­ri­ty forces killed two ene­my fight­ers and wound­ed sev­er­al oth­ers when insur­gents attacked a coali­tion patrol in the province’s San­gin dis­trict. Troops over­came the attack and con­tin­ued their oper­a­tion.

— Secu­ri­ty forces in Kan­da­har province detained sev­er­al sus­pect­ed insur­gents, includ­ing a Tal­iban leader linked to attacks in Kan­da­har City.

— Afghan and coali­tion forces in Nim­roz province’s Khosh Rod dis­trict detained sus­pect­ed insur­gents in an oper­a­tion that tar­get­ed a Tal­iban weapons traf­fick­er believed to be respon­si­ble for sup­ply­ing bombs to mil­i­tants through­out the north­ern region of the province.

Afghan and coali­tion forces yes­ter­day also found sev­er­al weapons stock­piles through­out the coun­try. Oper­a­tions net­ted 190 assault rifles and pis­tols, 37 artillery and mor­tar rounds, 19 rock­et-pro­pelled grenades, five rifles, four anti-tank mines and var­i­ous small-arms ammu­ni­tion. Secu­ri­ty forces also con­fis­cat­ed 176 pounds of hashish, 150 pounds of pop­py, 44 pounds of opi­um and 26 pounds of hero­in.

Com­piled from Inter­na­tion­al Secu­ri­ty Assis­tance Force Joint Com­mand News Releas­es

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