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Troops Seize Opium, Capture Insurgent in Afghanistan

American Forces Press Service

KABUL, Afghanistan, Jan. 6, 2010 – Troops in Afghanistan seized nearly 8,000 pounds of opium in two separate events over the past two days.

A combined Afghan and international patrol in Kandahar today spotted a speeding truck with its lights off. When the occupants spotted the patrol, they stopped the truck, jumped out and hid. The patrol moved in to investigate and found 239 33-pound bags of opium in the vehicle. The occupants were detained and the drugs destroyed.

Yesterday in the Maiwand district, patrol members noticed suspicious activity in a field. After seeing what appeared to be a person throwing a weapon into a hole, the force moved in and discovered a rifle and about 110 pounds of opium. The drugs were turned in for destruction.

In operations yesterday:

-- Forces captured an insurgent commander and other militants in Kandahar. The force went to a compound after militant activity was reported in the area. During a search, the force captured an insurgent commander involved in explosive attacks and suicide bombings.

-- In Khowst province, a force detained an undisclosed number of insurgents and confiscated a rocket-propelled grenade launcher, ammunition and rifles.

-- Also in Khowst, a force killed an undisclosed number of insurgents after being attacked with rifles and hand grenades while searching a suspicious compound. They also captured a terrorist facilitator believed responsible for delivering explosive equipment, weapons and ammunition to militants.

-- A combined force searched a compound and killed two insurgents armed with a machine gun and rocket-propelled grenades in Kunduz province.

(From an International Security Assistance Force Joint Command news release.)

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