Combined Force Captures Taliban Leader

WASHINGTON, March 5, 2012 — An Afghan and coali­tion secu­ri­ty force cap­tured a Tal­iban leader March 3 in the Cha­har Darah dis­trict of Afghanistan’s Kun­duz province, mil­i­tary offi­cials report­ed.

The leader direct­ed the emplace­ment of road­side bombs and pro­vid­ed weapons and funds to insur­gents in the area, offi­cials said.

In oth­er March 3 Afghanistan oper­a­tions:

— A com­bined force found almost 20,000 pounds of explo­sive-mak­ing com­pounds in the Behsud dis­trict of Nan­garhar province.

— In the Zharay dis­trict of Kan­da­har province, a com­bined force detained sev­er­al sus­pects while search­ing for a Tal­iban leader who coor­di­nates insur­gent activ­i­ties and pro­vides logis­ti­cal sup­port to the Tal­iban between Kan­da­har City and the Her­at area.

— An Afghan secu­ri­ty unit killed one insur­gent, detained two sus­pects and con­fis­cat­ed firearms and ammu­ni­tion in the Kun­duz dis­trict of Kun­duz province.

In March 2 oper­a­tions:

— A com­bined force found 500 feet of det­o­na­tion cord, 60 pres­sure plates and two chest rigs in the Musa Qalah dis­trict of Hel­mand province.

— An Afghan-led and coali­tion-sup­port­ed force found about 29 pounds of opi­um, 44 pounds of hashish and 220 pounds of mar­i­jua­na seeds in Nangarhar’s Achin dis­trict. The secu­ri­ty force destroyed a por­tion of the drugs and con­fis­cat­ed the rest for lat­er destruc­tion.

In March 1 oper­a­tions:

— A com­bined force found about 4,732 pounds of opi­um and 53 pounds of hero­in and detained sev­er­al sus­pects in Helmand’s Mar­jah dis­trict

— A com­bined force cap­tured an insur­gent com­man­der and two sus­pects in Uruzgan’s Tarin Kot dis­trict.

Com­piled from Inter­na­tion­al Secu­ri­ty Assis­tance Force Joint Com­mand News Releas­es