Coalition Forces Detain Militants, Find Weapons in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON, Feb. 23, 2011 — Afghan and coali­tion troops cap­tured sev­er­al insur­gents, includ­ing a Tal­iban facil­i­ta­tor, in recent oper­a­tions through­out Afghanistan, mil­i­tary offi­cials report­ed.
Troops detained the Tal­iban facil­i­ta­tor yes­ter­day in Kan­da­har province’s Kan­da­har dis­trict, where he report­ed­ly plans and coor­di­nates weapons traf­fick­ing oper­a­tions.

In oth­er news through­out Afghanistan:

— Secu­ri­ty forces detained a sus­pect­ed drug traf­fick­er Feb. 22 in Kan­da­har province’s Zharay dis­trict. He was found with more than 550 pounds of hashish and 100 pounds of pop­py seeds.

— Afghan and coali­tion forces also found oth­er drug and weapons caches Feb. 22 through­out Afghanistan. The oper­a­tions result­ed in seizure of 1,540 pounds of opi­um, 10 blocks of TNT, six anti-tank mines, five dyna­mite sticks, four mor­tars and var­i­ous bomb-mak­ing mate­ri­als.

— Forces detained sev­er­al sus­pect­ed insur­gents and found a weapons stock­pile Feb. 21 in Hel­mand province’s Kaja­ki dis­trict. The oper­a­tion result­ed in seizure of 4,200 pounds of ammo­ni­um nitrate -– a banned fer­til­iz­er often used in road­side bombs -– and five assault rifles.

Com­piled from Inter­na­tion­al Secu­ri­ty Assis­tance Force Joint Com­mand News Releas­es

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