Forces Detain Insurgents in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON, March 30, 2011 — Afghan and coali­tion forces detained sev­er­al sus­pect­ed insur­gents yes­ter­day in the Moham­mad Aghah dis­trict of Afghanistan’s Log­ar province, mil­i­tary offi­cials report­ed.
Troops were search­ing for a Tal­iban leader respon­si­ble for plan­ning, coor­di­nat­ing and car­ry­ing out attacks against secu­ri­ty forces. 

In oth­er oper­a­tions yes­ter­day through­out Afghanistan:

— Secu­ri­ty forces detained two sus­pect­ed Tal­iban insur­gents while tar­get­ing a Tal­iban safe haven for facil­i­tat­ing home­made explo­sives and explo­sive devices in Log­ar province’s Bara­ki Barak district. 

— Afghan and coali­tion forces in Khost province’s Sabari dis­trict cap­tured a Haqqani net­work ter­ror­ist leader who has con­duct­ed artillery and bomb­ing attacks on secu­ri­ty forces in the district. 

— Forces cap­tured a Hezb‑E Isla­mi Gul­bud­din ter­ror­ist weapons traf­fick­er in Khost province’s Sabari district. 

In March 29 operations: 

— A coali­tion air weapons team in Hel­mand province killed numer­ous insur­gents after respond­ing to requests for air sup­port from ground troops under attack in the province’s Musa Qalah and Nahr‑e Saraj districts. 

— Secu­ri­ty forces killed numer­ous insur­gents in Kapisa province’s Alah Say dis­trict using air weapons sup­port after a group of insur­gents attacked patrolling ground troops. 

— Afghanistan and coali­tion forces killed two armed insur­gents and detained sev­er­al oth­ers dur­ing a com­bined patrol when two insur­gents demon­strat­ed hos­tile intent toward the troops in Uruz­gan province’s Tarin Kot district. 

— In north­ern Hel­mand province, troops killed two explo­sive device and weapons traf­fick­ers when the men tried to engage the troops, offi­cials said. Secu­ri­ty forces also detained a sus­pect­ed insur­gent for fur­ther questioning. 

— Secu­ri­ty forces found sev­er­al weapons and drug stock­piles in oper­a­tions through­out Afghanistan. The oper­a­tions result­ed in seizure of more than 11,000 assort­ed assault-rifle rounds, 3,900 pounds of hashish, 350 pounds of home­made explo­sives, 300 blocks of plas­tic explo­sives, eight pres­sure plates, four hand grenades, two rock­et-pro­pelled grenades and assort­ed bomb-mak­ing materials. 

Com­piled from Inter­na­tion­al Secu­ri­ty Assis­tance Force Joint Com­mand News Releases 

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