Combined Force Kills 1 Insurgent, Detains 2 Suspects

WASHINGTON, Dec. 15, 2011 – A combined Afghan and coalition security force killed one insurgent and detained two suspects during a search for a Taliban leader in the Panjwa’i district of Afghanistan’s Kandahar province today, military officials reported.

The Taliban leader directs insurgent fighters and moves heavy weapons across the central part of the province.

In other Afghanistan operations today:

— A combined force detained three suspected insurgents and seized several assault rifles and a pistol while searching for a Haqqani leader in the Bak district of Khost province. The insurgent leader directs improvised explosive device attacks against Afghan forces.

— In the Bati Kot district of Nangarhar province, a combined force captured a Taliban leader and detained several other suspects. The leader conducted roadside bomb attacks on convoys and fuel trucks.

In yesterday’s Afghanistan operations:

— Combined forces discovered two weapons caches in the Kandahar district of Kandahar province. The first cache contained one rocket-propelled grenade launcher, six RPG rounds, three hand grenades, 1,000 rounds of small-arms ammunition and three bundles of detonation cord. The second cache contained 14 RPGs, five anti-personnel mines, one 107mm rocket, about 120 gallons of explosive material and improvised explosive device-making components.

— A combined force seized a drug cache containing 1,000 pounds of hashish in the Zharay district of Kandahar province.

— A combined patrol found a weapons cache containing 5,000 pounds of marijuana and 132 pounds of hashish in the Zurmat district of Paktiya province.

Compiled from International Security Assistance Force Joint Command News Releases

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