WASHINGTON, May 21, 2010 — Afghan and international forces detained several insurgents and seized illegal drugs and weapons in recent operations in Afghanistan, military officials reported.
An Afghan-international security force pursuing a Taliban commander in Kandahar province detained two militants in the Zharay district last night.
The combined force went to a series of compounds after intelligence information indicated insurgent activity, and two men ran away as the force approached. The two men were captured after a lengthy chase. They told the patrol they were Pakistani fighters, and that they had rocket-propelled grenades and automatic rifles hidden at another location.
In Helmand province last night, a combined force searched a small compound northeast of Marja after intelligence information indicated insurgent activity and detained several suspects for questioning.
In Helmand’s Now Zad district yesterday, an International Security Assistance Force patrol found and confiscated 39 bags of suspected heroin with an estimated street value of $3 million. The drugs were confiscated.
In Helmand’s Nad‑e Ali district yesterday, an Afghan-international patrol found an assault rifle, small-arms ammunition, five magazines and a bundle of electrical wire.
No Afghan civilians were harmed in these operations, officials said.
In other news from Afghanistan, an ISAF helicopter was struck by an insurgent-fired rocket-propelled grenade today as it prepared to land at a checkpoint in Nad‑e Ali. No one was seriously injured, officials said. The helicopter is at a secure site and a damage assessment is under way.
Compiled from International Security Assistance Force Joint Command News Releases