Combined Force Seizes Weapons Cache

WASHINGTON, Dec. 20, 2011 — A com­bined Afghan and coali­tion secu­ri­ty force dis­cov­ered a weapons cache dur­ing a patrol in the Deh Yak dis­trict of Afghanistan’s Ghazni province yes­ter­day, mil­i­tary offi­cials report­ed.

The cache con­tained a 120mm pro­jec­tile, three 30mm rounds, 30 20mm rounds, 30 .50-cal­iber rounds, and explo­sive mate­r­i­al.

In oth­er Afghanistan oper­a­tions yes­ter­day:

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

— A coali­tion patrol found six impro­vised explo­sive devices in Kandahar’s Pan­jwa’i dis­trict. Two of the IEDs con­tained about 10 pounds of explo­sives and the oth­er three con­tained about 100 pounds of explo­sives.

In Dec. 18 Afghanistan oper­a­tions:

— A com­bined patrol seized a weapons cache con­tain­ing sev­en mor­tar rounds, eight artillery rounds, two grenades and one rock­et-pro­pelled grenade in the Bah­sud dis­trict of Nan­garhar province.

Also this week, Marine Corps Gen. John R. Allen, com­man­der of the Inter­na­tion­al Secu­ri­ty Assis­tance Force, con­grat­u­lat­ed the Afghan nation­al secu­ri­ty forces on the suc­cess­ful out­come of a recent oper­a­tion in the War­duj dis­trict of Badakhshan province.

The oper­a­tion saw Afghan army and police forces lead, plan and exe­cute a mis­sion to free 11 Afghan police­men who’d been cap­tured by insur­gents. Twen­ty-five sus­pect­ed insur­gents were arrest­ed.

“The pro­fes­sion­al­ism, courage and team­work demon­strat­ed by the ANSF in pros­e­cut­ing this mis­sion is a reflec­tion of the ever-grow­ing lead­er­ship capa­bil­i­ty and oper­a­tional agili­ty of the Afghan secu­ri­ty appa­ra­tus writ large,” Allen said.

Com­piled from Inter­na­tion­al Secu­ri­ty Assis­tance Force Joint Com­mand News Releas­es

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