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Forces Capture Subcommanders, Seize Weapons, Drugs

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Feb. 10, 2010 – Afghan and international forces captured two suspected enemy subcommanders and seized caches of weapons and drugs in recent operations in Afghanistan, military officials reported.

An Afghan-international force captured a Haqqani terrorist network subcommander responsible for coordinating attacks on Afghan and coalition forces during a combined operation last night in the Sabari district of Afghanistan’s Khost province. The captured subcommander also is accused of arranging delivery of weapons to other Haqqani network operatives. The combined force also detained a pair of other suspected insurgents.

In the Wali Mohammad Shaheed district of Ghazni province yesterday, a combined force captured a Taliban subcommander accused of leading rocket attacks against Afghan and coalition forces and being involved with operational planning and the movement of weapons. Another suspected insurgent also was detained.

International Security Assistance Force servicemembers on a routine patrol in Helmand province today seized 800 pounds of marijuana, 600 pounds of marijuana seeds and 200 pounds of opium seeds. They detained two suspects and turned them over to Afghan authorities, and the drugs were destroyed.

In the Nad-e Ali district of Helmand province yesterday, an International Security Assistance Force patrol found five mortar shells, a missile, a radio, binoculars and numerous bomb-making components. A combined Afghan-international patrol in the same district found a 108 mm illumination bomb, two rockets and two 40 mm bombs.

(Compiled from International Security Assistance Force Joint Command news releases.)

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