Combined Force Seizes, Destroys Drug Cache

WASHINGTON, Dec. 8, 2011 — A com­bined Afghan and coali­tion secu­ri­ty force con­fis­cat­ed a drug cache con­tain­ing about 10,000 pounds of hashish dur­ing a patrol in the Zur­mat dis­trict of Afghanistan’s Pak­tiya province today, mil­i­tary offi­cials report­ed.

The hashish was destroyed, offi­cials said.

In oth­er Afghanistan oper­a­tions today:

— A com­bined force detained sev­er­al sus­pects while search­ing for an Islam­ic Move­ment of Uzbek­istan leader in the Cha­har Darah dis­trict of Kon­duz province. The leader trains insur­gents to con­struct and use road­side bombs, recruits sui­cide bombers, and plans attacks through­out the dis­trict.

— In the Nad ‘Ali dis­trict of Hel­mand province, a com­bined force detained sev­er­al sus­pects while search­ing for a Tal­iban leader who directs road­side-bomb and oth­er attacks, and is linked to sev­er­al kid­nap­pings in the area.

— A com­bined force cap­tured a Haqqani facil­i­ta­tor and one oth­er sus­pect in the Pul‑e ‘Alam dis­trict of Log­ar province. The man direct­ed road­side bomb attacks against coali­tion forces and sup­plied Haqqani fight­ers.

— A com­bined force cap­tured a Haqqani leader, detained four oth­er sus­pects, and seized sev­er­al weapons in the Bak dis­trict of Khost province. The leader con­duct­ed attacks in the dis­trict.

In Afghanistan oper­a­tions yes­ter­day:

— A com­bined patrol con­fis­cat­ed a weapons cache con­tain­ing 10 82mm rounds, two anti-per­son­nel mines, one rock­et-pro­pelled grenade, 100 machine-gun rounds and one RPG motor in the Khost dis­trict of Log­ar province.

— Afghan police cap­tured a truck con­tain­ing more than 14,000 pounds of ammo­ni­um nitrate in Qalat in Zab­ul province.

From an Inter­na­tion­al Secu­ri­ty Assis­tance Force Joint Com­mand News Release

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