Afghanistan — Forces in Afghanistan Kill, Capture Enemy Fighters

WASHINGTON, April 29, 2010 — Afghan and inter­na­tion­al forces killed or cap­tured numer­ous ene­my fight­ers and seized stock­piles of drugs and ille­gal weapons in recent Afghanistan oper­a­tions, mil­i­tary offi­cials report­ed.

— Two Haqqani ter­ror­ist net­work facil­i­ta­tors and two oth­er mil­i­tants were cap­tured by an Afghan-inter­na­tion­al secu­ri­ty force in the Ter­ayzai dis­trict of Khost province this morn­ing. The detained sus­pects are believed to be respon­si­ble for the move­ment of weapons and for plant­i­ng road­side bombs. The Afghan-inter­na­tion­al secu­ri­ty force found shot­guns, an auto­mat­ic rifle and a grenade at the scene.

— In the Khash Rod dis­trict of Nim­roz province this morn­ing, a com­bined force detained a few sus­pect­ed insur­gents for ques­tion­ing.

— In Kun­duz province’s Ghor Tepa dis­trict last night, a com­bined force saw an insur­gent leave a com­pound and try to maneu­ver around the secu­ri­ty team. After being ordered to sur­ren­der, the insur­gent pulled out a con­cealed pis­tol and was shot and killed. The secu­ri­ty force detained sev­er­al sus­pect­ed insur­gents for ques­tion­ing.

— Yes­ter­day in the Arghandab dis­trict of Kan­da­har province, a com­bined force cap­tured a Tal­iban sub­com­man­der who is known to direct the pro­duc­tion, strat­e­gy, tac­ti­cal coor­di­na­tion and emplace­ment of road­side bombs and ambush­es against coali­tion forces. Sev­er­al oth­er sus­pect­ed insur­gents also were detained for ques­tion­ing.

— In the Nad‑e Ali dis­trict of Hel­mand province yes­ter­day, a com­bined patrol received a tip about a weapons cache in a mosque. Inter­na­tion­al Secu­ri­ty Assis­tance Force patrols cor­doned off the area while Afghan forces searched the mosque, where they found 32 82 mm mor­tar rounds, six grenades, a rock­et-pro­pelled grenade launch­er, a machine gun, an assault rifle, 50 blast­ing caps, hun­dreds of rounds of small-arms ammu­ni­tion, 20 feet of det­o­na­tion cord and 11 mine fus­es. The cache was moved to a safe loca­tion and destroyed.

— Also in Helmand’s Nad‑e Ali dis­trict yes­ter­day, a com­bined patrol found and con­fis­cat­ed a grenade, a rifle, four mag­a­zines, 80 rounds of ammu­ni­tion and bomb-mak­ing mate­ri­als buried along a com­pound wall.

— While patrolling in Helmand’s Musa Qalah dis­trict yes­ter­day, ISAF forces received a tip from an Afghan civil­ian about a cache in a local com­pound. They found and con­fis­cat­ed three 155 mm artillery shells, a large num­ber of small-arms shell cas­ings, syringes and med­ical sup­plies buried with emp­ty bags of a fer­til­iz­er banned by the Afghan gov­ern­ment because it can be used to make explo­sives.

— An Afghan-inter­na­tion­al secu­ri­ty force killed an armed man while pur­su­ing a Tal­iban facil­i­ta­tor in Nan­garhar province the night of April 28. Dur­ing an oper­a­tion in response to intel­li­gence reports of mil­i­tant activ­i­ty, mem­bers of the com­bined force observed a man with a weapon near one of the build­ings. The secu­ri­ty force repeat­ed­ly attempt­ed to per­suade the man to low­er his weapon by using hand sig­nals and ver­bal com­mands through their Afghan inter­preter. The man ignored the repeat­ed com­mands, and was shot and killed when he aimed his weapon at the com­bined force. ISAF and Afghan forces offi­cials will con­duct a joint assess­ment to review this oper­a­tion, offi­cials said.

— An Afghan-inter­na­tion­al patrol con­fis­cat­ed a large drug cache in Helmand’s Reg‑e Khan Hes­hin dis­trict April 28. As the patrol approached sev­er­al mov­ing vehi­cles, the dri­vers attempt­ed to flee. One of the vehi­cles became stuck in the sand and was secured by Afghan bor­der police who were part of the patrol. The patrol then dis­cov­ered the vehi­cle con­tained 4,600 pounds of raw opi­um and about 24 pounds of a sub­stance believed to be hero­in. A satel­lite phone and a two-way radio also were recov­ered. Two men were detained for pos­sess­ing the drugs. The nar­cotics trade direct­ly funds insur­gents, offi­cials said.

U.S. Depart­ment of Defense
Office of the Assis­tant Sec­re­tary of Defense (Pub­lic Affairs)