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