Combined Force Captures Taliban Facilitator

KABUL, Afghanistan, Dec. 7, 2011 — A com­bined Afghan and coali­tion secu­ri­ty force cap­tured a Tal­iban facil­i­ta­tor and detained sev­en sus­pect­ed insur­gents dur­ing an oper­a­tion in the Qalat dis­trict of Afghanistan’s Zab­ul province today, mil­i­tary offi­cials report­ed.

The facil­i­ta­tor was respon­si­ble for mak­ing and employ­ing road­side bombs. He armed and moved insur­gents across the province and pro­vid­ed infor­ma­tion on Afghan gov­ern­ment offi­cials for insur­gent attacks.

In oth­er Afghanistan oper­a­tions today:

— In the Tarin Kot dis­trict of Uruz­gan province, a com­bined force seized three weapons caches con­tain­ing 11 mor­tars, six 60 mm rounds, four 82 mm rounds, three recoil­less rifles, var­i­ous home­made bomb-mak­ing mate­ri­als and small-arms ammu­ni­tion.

— A com­bined force cap­tured a Tal­iban facil­i­ta­tor and one sus­pect­ed insur­gent in the Qalat dis­trict of Zab­ul province.

— A com­bined force cap­tured a Tal­iban leader and detained sev­en sus­pects in the Chamkani dis­trict of Pak­tia province.

In Afghanistan oper­a­tions yes­ter­day:

— In the Pan­jwa’i dis­trict of Kan­da­har province, coali­tion forces removed a home­made bomb and dis­cov­ered 150 pounds of mar­i­jua­na.

— A com­bined force con­fis­cat­ed a cache of bomb-mak­ing com­po­nents con­tain­ing 1,600 pounds of ammo­ni­um nitrate, 300 pounds of potas­si­um and 200 pounds of alu­minum pow­der dur­ing a patrol in the Nawaw dis­trict of Ghazni province.

From an Inter­na­tion­al Secu­ri­ty Assis­tance Force Joint Com­mand News Release

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