WASHINGTON, March 18, 2011 — Afghan and coalition forces killed two insurgents yesterday in the Reg‑e Khan district of Afghanistan’s Helmand province, military officials reported.
Troops spotted several insurgents setting up an enemy fighter position and requested close-air support to disrupt their activities.
In other operations yesterday throughout Afghanistan:
— Security forces killed one insurgent and detained several other suspects while searching for a senior Taliban leader in Sar‑e Pul province’s Sayyad Valley district. The Taliban leader is linked to trafficking foreign fighters and training suicide bombers in camps in northern Afghanistan.
— Forces captured numerous insurgents while searching for a Taliban leader responsible for trade and smuggling operations in Helmand province’s Kajaki district.
— In Zabul province’s Qalat district, troops detained several suspected insurgents while searching for a Taliban leader associated with weapons trafficking and foreign fighter camps. The Taliban leader is suspected of giving financial and logistical support to insurgents.
— Afghan and coalition troops in Khost province’s Bak district captured a Haqqani network terrorist leader and two other insurgents suspected in bombing attacks in the area.
— In Wardak province’s Nerkh district, troops detained two suspected insurgents while targeting a Hezb‑e Islami Gulbuddin terrorist group leader responsible for at least 20 fighters in the area.
In operations March 16:
— Security forces killed several armed insurgents and wounded another who ambushed their patrol in Kunar province’s Shigal wa Sheltan district. Troops used close-air support to repel the attack.
— Forces found several weapons and drug stockpiles throughout Afghanistan. They seized 6,600 pounds of hashish, 1,540 pounds of opium, eight land mines, an assault rifle, a rocket-propelled grenade, a rocket-propelled grenade booster, plastic explosives and assorted bomb-making materials.
Compiled from International Security Assistance Force and ISAF Joint Command News Releases