Coalition Force Finds Opium Cache

KABUL, Afghanistan, March 22, 2012 — A coali­tion secu­ri­ty force found 1,300 pounds of opi­um in the Nad-e Ali dis­trict of Afghanistan’s Hel­mand province today, mil­i­tary offi­cials report­ed.

The secu­ri­ty force seized a small quan­ti­ty of the opi­um for exam­i­na­tion and destroyed the rest, offi­cials said.

In Afghanistan oper­a­tions yes­ter­day:

— In the Mai­wand dis­trict of Kan­da­har province, an Afghan-led and coali­tion-sup­port­ed force arrest­ed an insur­gent leader who direct­ed insur­gent fight­ers and plant­ed road­side bombs. The secu­ri­ty force detained sev­er­al oth­er sus­pect­ed insur­gents and found bomb-mak­ing mate­ri­als in the oper­a­tion.

— An Afghan-led and coali­tion-sup­port­ed force killed an insur­gent leader who fired on them in the Deh Rawood dis­trict of Uruz­gan province. The insur­gent leader was an IED facil­i­ta­tor respon­si­ble for numer­ous attacks on Afghan and coali­tion forces in the area. Dur­ing the oper­a­tion the insur­gent leader attempt­ed to fire on the com­bined force. The secu­ri­ty force detained sev­er­al sus­pect­ed insur­gents.

From an Inter­na­tion­al Secu­ri­ty Assis­tance Force Joint Com­mand News Release