Forces Detain Suspected Insurgents in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON, April 20, 2011 — Afghan and coali­tion forces detained sev­er­al sus­pect­ed insur­gents yes­ter­day in the Sayyid­abad dis­trict of Afghanistan’s War­dak province, offi­cials said.
Troops were search­ing for a Tal­iban leader respon­si­ble for plant­i­ng road­side bombs to tar­get secu­ri­ty forces trav­el­ing along High­way 1. 

In oth­er news yes­ter­day through­out Afghanistan:

— Forces cap­tured two sus­pect­ed insur­gents, includ­ing a Tal­iban mil­i­tant con­nect­ed to attacks on secu­ri­ty forces, in Zab­ul province’s Shah Joy district. 

— Secu­ri­ty forces in Khost province’s Sabari dis­trict cap­tured two Haqqani net­work ter­ror­ists and anoth­er sus­pect­ed insur­gent with alleged ties to weapons traf­fick­ing and bomb­ing attacks on coali­tion forces. 

— In Pak­tia province’s Dzad­ran dis­trict, troops arrest­ed a Haqqani net­work ter­ror­ist leader who is respon­si­ble for plan­ning and car­ry­ing out attacks on Afghan and coali­tion forces. 

In oper­a­tions April 18: 

— Secu­ri­ty forces killed sev­er­al armed insur­gents in a gun bat­tle after being ambushed in Kan­da­har province’s Zharay district. 

— Com­bined patrols dis­cov­ered sev­er­al weapons and drug stock­piles through­out Afghanistan. The oper­a­tions result­ed in seizure of 4,500 assault-rifle rounds, 208 12.7 mm rounds, 115 pounds of home­made explo­sives, 106 hand grenades, 62 blast­ing caps, 33 bolt-action rifles, 25 pounds of opi­um, 17 anti-tank mines, 17 land mines, 17 rock­et-pro­pelled grenades, 15 pounds of ammo­ni­um nitrate -– a banned fer­til­iz­er used in explo­sive devices -– eight assault rifles, 5 pounds of alu­minum pow­der, four armored vests, four pres­sure plates, four propane tanks, three explo­sive devices, a pis­tol and assort­ed bomb-mak­ing materials. 

Com­piled from Inter­na­tion­al Secu­ri­ty Assis­tance Force Joint Com­mand News Releases 

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