Afghanistan — Forces Detain Insurgents in Afghanistan Operations

WASHINGTON, March 23, 2011 — Afghan and coali­tion forces detained sev­er­al sus­pect­ed insur­gents, includ­ing Tal­iban lead­ers and Haqqani net­work ter­ror­ists, in oper­a­tions today through­out Afghanistan, mil­i­tary offi­cials report­ed.
— Forces cap­tured sev­er­al Haqan­ni ter­ror­ists for weapons traf­fick­ing and tar­get­ing attacks on secu­ri­ty forces in Khost province’s Ter­ayzai dis­trict.

— In Bagh­lan province’s Burkah dis­trict, troops appre­hend­ed two sus­pect­ed insur­gents in an oper­a­tion to pre­vent ene­my fight­ers from using a par­tic­u­lar loca­tion to stage attacks. 

— Afghan and coali­tion forces detained a Tal­iban weapons traf­fick­er respon­si­ble for sup­ply­ing ene­my fight­ers with explo­sive devices in Log­ar province’s Bara­ki Barak district. 

— Secu­ri­ty forces in Khost province’s Sabari dis­trict cap­tured a Haqqani weapons traf­fick­er con­nect­ed to ship­ments of mor­tars and var­i­ous oth­er weapons. 

In oper­a­tions yesterday: 

— Afghan and coali­tion forces in Kunar province’s Bar Kunar dis­trict killed sev­er­al armed insur­gents using small-arms fire, artillery fire and close-air sup­port after the ene­my fight­ers attacked their patrol. 

— Secu­ri­ty forces killed two ene­my fight­ers and detained two oth­ers, includ­ing a Tal­iban leader, after the insur­gents attacked the troops’ patrol in Hel­mand province’s Nowzad district. 

— Troops found sev­er­al weapons stock­piles through­out Afghanistan. The oper­a­tions result­ed in the seizure of 460 machine-gun rounds, 120 assault-rifle rounds, 20 pres­sure plates, sev­en land mines, three hand grenades, two explo­sive devices, an assault rifle, a pis­tol, an 82 mm mor­tar, a rock­et-pro­pelled grenade, a rock­et-pro­pelled grenade war­head and assort­ed bomb-mak­ing materials. 

Com­piled from Inter­na­tion­al Secu­ri­ty Assis­tance Force Joint Com­mand News Releases 

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