Forces Detain Insurgents in Afghanistan Operations
Compiled from International Security Assistance Force Joint Command News Releases
WASHINGTON, Mar. 23, 2011 Afghan and coalition forces detained several suspected insurgents, including Taliban leaders and Haqqani network terrorists, in operations today throughout Afghanistan, military officials reported.
-- Forces captured several Haqanni terrorists for weapons trafficking and targeting attacks on security forces in Khost province’s Terayzai district.
-- In Baghlan province’s Burkah district, troops apprehended two suspected insurgents in an operation to prevent enemy fighters from using a particular location to stage attacks.
-- Afghan and coalition forces detained a Taliban weapons trafficker responsible for supplying enemy fighters with explosive devices in Logar province’s Baraki Barak district.
-- Security forces in Khost province’s Sabari district captured a Haqqani weapons trafficker connected to shipments of mortars and various other weapons.
In operations yesterday:
-- Afghan and coalition forces in Kunar province’s Bar Kunar district killed several armed insurgents using small-arms fire, artillery fire and close-air support after the enemy fighters attacked their patrol.
-- Security forces killed two enemy fighters and detained two others, including a Taliban leader, after the insurgents attacked the troops’ patrol in Helmand province’s Nowzad district.
-- Troops found several weapons stockpiles throughout Afghanistan. The operations resulted in the seizure of 460 machine-gun rounds, 120 assault-rifle rounds, 20 pressure plates, seven land mines, three hand grenades, two explosive devices, an assault rifle, a pistol, an 82 mm mortar, a rocket-propelled grenade, a rocket-propelled grenade warhead and assorted bomb-making materials.