KABUL, Afghanistan, Jan. 5, 2012 — An Afghan and coalition security force killed a Taliban leader in the Mazar‑e Sharif district of Afghanistan’s Balkh province today, military officials reported.
The leader was responsible for logistical and financial support of insurgent fighters, led a recent ambush against Afghan forces and buried roadside bombs.
In operations in Afghanistan yesterday:
— A combined force in Kandahar province’s Panjwai district found and destroyed about 5,500 pounds of marijuana.
— In Kandahar province’s Zharay district, a coalition security force confiscated seven mines, eight 82 mm recoilless rifle rounds, a heavy machine gun and several bomb components.
— A combined force in Helmand province’s Reg‑e Khan Neshin district found and destroyed about 500 pounds of marijuana seeds.
— In Helmand province’s Musa Qalah district, a coalition force found 40 electronic bomb components, 15 five-gallon containers of homemade explosives, multiple artillery rounds and detonation cord. An explosive ordnance disposal team destroyed the weapons.
From an International Security Assistance Force Joint Command News Release