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.)