USA — Afghan, Coalition Forces Find Weapons in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON, Feb. 11, 2011 — Afghan and coali­tion forces found two weapons stock­piles in Afghanistan today.
The oper­a­tions result­ed in the seizure of more than 2,000 assault rifle rounds, 300 .50-cal­iber machine gun rounds, 81 assort­ed artillery rounds, 16 hand grenades, two anti-tank mines and var­i­ous bomb-mak­ing mate­ri­als.

In oper­a­tions yes­ter­day through­out Afghanistan:

— Afghan and coali­tion forces killed more than 15 insur­gents yes­ter­day after being attacked with small-arms fire in Kunar province’s Bar Kunar dis­trict. Troops were con­duct­ing a rou­tine patrol in the dis­trict when they were attacked. They returned fire, killing sev­er­al of the attack­ers. Dur­ing the fire­fight, troops request­ed avi­a­tion sup­port to repel the insur­gents. Air weapons teams arrived and engaged the ene­my fight­ers, killing at least 10. Ini­tial esti­mates sug­gest more than 15 ene­my fight­ers were killed.

— Afghan and coali­tion detained sev­er­al sus­pect­ed insur­gents yes­ter­day in Khost province’s Sabari dis­trict while search­ing for a Haqqani ter­ror­ist net­work leader respon­si­ble for traf­fick­ing explo­sives to oth­er ter­ror­ists to use against local secu­ri­ty forces.

— Afghan and coali­tion forces detained four insur­gents in Kan­da­har province’s Arghandab dis­trict. The sus­pects were found car­ry­ing 550 pounds of ammo­ni­um nitrate and 20 pounds of shrap­nel. Ammo­ni­um nitrate is a fer­til­iz­er banned by Afghanistan’s gov­ern­ment because it can be used in the man­u­fac­ture of home­made explo­sives.

— Secu­ri­ty forces found sev­er­al weapons stock­piles. Oper­a­tions result­ed in more than 750 assault rifle rounds, 118 rock­et-pro­pelled grenade war­heads, 105 pounds of home­made explo­sives, 55 assort­ed artillery rounds, 31 rock­et-pro­pelled grenades, 22 hand grenades, 20 assault rifles, 12 110-pound bags of ammo­ni­um nitrate, eight home­made bombs, a land mine and var­i­ous bomb-mak­ing mate­ri­als.

In oth­er news from Afghanistan, Afghan and coali­tion forces killed sev­er­al insur­gents Feb. 9 in Hel­mand province’s Qualah dis­trict. They were search­ing for Haji Khalil, a Tal­iban leader respon­si­ble for plan­ning bomb­ing and indi­rect-fire attacks on local secu­ri­ty forces. Tips from local res­i­dents led the com­bined patrol to Khalil’s alleged loca­tion, where they were met imme­di­ate­ly by ene­my fire. Coali­tion forces killed at least four ene­my fight­ers and detained anoth­er.

Com­piled from Inter­na­tion­al Secu­ri­ty Assis­tance Force Joint Com­mand News Releas­es

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