Afghanistan – Afghanistan Operations Yield Weapons, Drugs

KABUL, May 4, 2010 – Afghan and international forces captured suspected militants and seized illegal weapons and drugs in recent Afghanistan operations, military officials reported.

— An Afghan civilian notified a combined security patrol of unexploded ordnance this morning in Helmand province’s Musa Qalah district. The patrol found two rocket-propelled grenades, a suicide-bombing vest and a detonation cord.

— In Uruzgan province’s Tarin Kot district today, an International Security Assistance Force patrol found a grenade, two RPG rounds, an RPG launcher, an assault rifle and small-arms ammunition.

— An Afghan-international patrol saw two people running from a moped yesterday in Helmand’s Nad-e Ali district and found several machine guns, three RPGs, an RPG launcher and 300 rounds of machine-gun ammunition on the moped.

— In Uruzgan’s Chorah district yesterday, a combined patrol found a grenade, an assault rifle, an anti-personnel mine, and small-arms ammunition.

— Afghan forces working with ISAF partners conducted an operation May 1 in Helmand’s Baghran Valley intended to capture insurgents responsible for roadside-bombing attacks. The combined force detained several men and seized 55 pounds of wet opium, two assault rifles with two boxes of 7.62 mm ammunition, two RPGs, a pistol and several bomb detonators and components.

Thirteen women and 15 children were protected throughout the operation, in which no civilians were injured, officials said.

From an International Security Assistance Force Joint Command News Release