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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