Forces Detain Suspects, Find Drugs, Weapons
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, March 17, 2010 Afghan and international forces detained several suspected insurgents and seized illegal drugs and enemy weapon stockpiles in recent operations in Afghanistan, military officials reported.
An Afghan-international security force detained a suspected insurgent in the Garmsir district of Helmand province.
In Helmand’s Nad-e Ali district today, an International Security Assistance Force patrol found a weapons cache containing more than 10 pounds of homemade explosives, an 81 mm mortar round, two 60 mm mortar rounds, three 60 mm tail fins, six rocket-propelled grenade motors, a 105 mm artillery round, six RPG cones, pressure-plate devices, command-pull switches and other bomb-making materials.
In Kandahar last night, a combined force captured a Taliban bombing cell leader believed to be responsible for directing roadside-bomb emplacement and coordinating supply issues. Two other insurgents also were captured.
An Afghan-international force in the Terayzai district of Khost province detained several suspected militants last night.
Also last night, a combined force in the Zormat district of Paktia province captured a Taliban subcommander responsible for instructing other militants on building and emplacing roadside bombs and how to conduct bomb-damage assessments.
In the Shah Wali Kot district of Kandahar province yesterday, a combined Afghan-international patrol called for air support after it came under a sustained and intense attack by a large group of insurgents using assault rifles, rocket-propelled grenades and heavy machine guns. ISAF aircraft dropped precision-guided bombs on the positively identified insurgent positions. Damage assessments indicated all of the insurgents were killed.
Combined Afghan-international patrols discovered two significant drug caches in the Bakwah district of Farah province yesterday. The first cache contained 37 pounds of morphine, more than a half-ton of opium, 220 pounds of soda ash, 66 gallons of ammonium hydroxide, 50 bottles of hydrogen chloride, multiple bags of processed heroin, and narcotics-processing equipment.
The second cache, discovered two hours later and about a half-mile away by a separate patrol, contained 10 55-gallon drums of liquid opium, 50 bags of a cutting agent, a large pile of heroin and opium on the ground, pressure cookers with opium cooking inside, scales and narcotics-processing equipment. The drugs and equipment were destroyed on site.
No Afghan civilians were harmed during these operations, officials said.
(Compiled from International Security Assistance Force Joint Command news releases.)