Combined Force Kills Taliban Leader

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

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