Combined Force Detains Multiple Insurgent Suspects

WASHINGTON, Oct. 20, 2011 — A com­bined Afghan and coali­tion secu­ri­ty force today detained mul­ti­ple sus­pect­ed insur­gents dur­ing a search for a Tal­iban leader in the Wali Muham­mad Shahid Khugyani dis­trict of Afghanistan’s Ghazni province, mil­i­tary offi­cials report­ed.

The leader coor­di­nates and plans insur­gent attacks in Ghazni province.

Also today, a com­bined patrol con­fis­cat­ed a cache of explo­sives in Zab­ul province. The patrol was con­duct­ing a clear­ing oper­a­tion in the vil­lage of Arel when it came upon the cache locat­ed near an impro­vised explo­sive device. The cache con­tained two con­tain­ers with 88 pounds of explo­sive mate­r­i­al, 26 pounds of ammo­ni­um nitrate — which can be used to con­struct bombs — and oth­er bomb-mak­ing mate­ri­als.

In Afghanistan oper­a­tions yes­ter­day:

— A com­bined force detained two sus­pects and dis­cov­ered a cache of explo­sives dur­ing an oper­a­tion in the Ghazni dis­trict of Ghazni province. The cache con­tained 880 pounds of explo­sives that were destroyed on site.

— In the Charkh dis­trict of Log­ar province, a com­bined force detained one sus­pect­ed insur­gent dur­ing a search for a Tal­iban leader. The leader con­ducts attacks against coali­tion forces.

— Afghan and coali­tion forces killed four insur­gents and detained five sus­pects dur­ing sep­a­rate oper­a­tions in east­ern Afghanistan. Three insur­gents were killed dur­ing an airstrike in the Bar Kunar dis­trict of Kunar province. Anoth­er insur­gent was killed after engag­ing Afghan sol­diers with small-arms fire in the Shoma­li Nakam dis­trict of Pak­ti­ka province. Two indi­vid­u­als sus­pect­ed of mak­ing IEDs were detained in the Bagram dis­trict of Par­wan province. In the Zumar dis­trict of Pak­tiya province, one indi­vid­ual was detained for pos­sess­ing weapons. In the Andar dis­trict of Ghazni province, Afghan sol­diers detained two indi­vid­u­als in sep­a­rate inci­dents; one for act­ing sus­pi­cious­ly and the sec­ond for pos­sess­ing IED-mak­ing mate­ri­als. In Khow­st province, a weapons cache was dis­cov­ered that con­tained four grenades, 12 mor­tar fus­es, 10 rock­et fus­es, five anti-per­son­al mines, one anti-tank mine, 200 rounds of ammu­ni­tion, three assault rifles, and two oth­er rifles.

Com­piled from Inter­na­tion­al Secu­ri­ty Assis­tance Force Joint Com­mand News Releas­es