Afghanistan — Forces Kill 60 Enemy Fighters in 3‑day Operation

WASHINGTON, May 19, 2011 — Com­bined forces wrapped up a three-day oper­a­tion in the Qiasar dis­trict of Afghanistan’s Faryab province yes­ter­day, killing more than 60 insur­gents, mil­i­tary offi­cials report­ed.

Troops launched the oper­a­tion based on reports from local res­i­dents of insur­gent activ­i­ty in the area. Forces also found and destroyed 23 motor­cy­cles, sev­er­al rock­et-pro­pelled grenades, machine guns and numer­ous assault rifles with ammu­ni­tion, offi­cials said. 

In oth­er news yes­ter­day through­out Afghanistan: 

— Secu­ri­ty forces killed two armed insur­gents who launched an attack of small-arms and rock­et-pro­pelled grenade fire on a coali­tion helicopter.

— Com­bined forces cap­tured more than 10 sus­pect­ed Haqqani net­work ter­ror­ists, while search­ing for a senior Haqqani leader in Khost province. 

— Forces in Nan­garhar province’s Khugyani dis­trict detained sev­er­al sus­pect­ed insur­gents in an oper­a­tion to dis­rupt Tal­iban activ­i­ty in the area. 

— Afghan and coali­tion forces cap­tured a sus­pect­ed insur­gent, while search­ing for a Tal­iban leader respon­si­ble for coor­di­nat­ing attacks on secu­ri­ty forces in Zab­ul province’s Qalat district. 

— At coali­tion traf­fic check­point in Hel­mand province’s Garmser dis­trict, troops found 400 pounds of opi­um hid­den inside the dash­board and back­seats of a sus­pect­ed drug smuggler’s vehicle. 

— Secu­ri­ty forces found sev­er­al weapons stock­piles and drugs in south­ern Afghanistan. Oper­a­tions result­ed in seizure of 7,165 pounds of ammo­ni­um nitrate – a banned fer­til­iz­er used to make explo­sive devices, 154 pounds of wet opi­um, three rock­et-pro­pelled grenades, an artillery round and a grenade. 

Com­piled from Inter­na­tion­al Secu­ri­ty Assis­tance Force Joint Com­mand News Releases 

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