Airstrike Kills Insurgents in Afghanistan
Compiled from International Security Assistance Force Joint Command News Releases
WASHINGTON, March 3, 2011 Afghan and coalition forces employed an airstrike that killed several insurgents in Afghanistan’s Helmand province yesterday.
Ground forces observed a group of insurgents building a fighting position in Helmand’s Qalah district. A follow-on precision airstrike killed several of the insurgents.
In other news yesterday throughout Afghanistan:
-- Security forces detained several suspected insurgents while searching for a Taliban leader in Kandahar province’s Kandahar City. The Taliban leader is linked to weapons trafficking and coordinating attacks on local security forces in the area.
-- In Kandahar province’s Arghandab district, troops detained one suspected insurgent and found a weapons stockpile of assorted bomb-making materials, including 21 pounds of ammonium nitrate –- a banned fertilizer used in roadside bombs -– and 15 pounds of scrap metal.
-- Forces found several other weapons and drug stockpiles in operations throughout Afghanistan. The operations resulted in seizure of 23 various artillery rounds, seven rocket-propelled grenades, four pressure plates, two radio-controlled receivers and other assorted bomb-making materials. Troops also found 350 pounds of hashish, 200 pounds of poppy seeds and 20 pounds of opium.
In a March 1 operation, Afghan and coalition forces found 1,000 automatic machine gun rounds, 220 pounds of explosives, 15 large-caliber vehicle-mounted machine guns, five rocket-propelled grenade launchers and a Toyota sedan rigged with explosives.