March 3, 2011

ISAF Joint Command Morning Operational Update March, 3, 2011

ISAF Joint Command - Afghanistan | 2011-3-S-009

KABUL, Afghanistan (March 3) – International Security Assistance Force confirmed today, a Taliban leader was detained during an Afghan and coalition operation in Kandahar province Feb. 28.

The Taliban leader operated in the Zharay district where he led attacks against Afghan and coalition forces. He was responsible for coordinating Taliban operations and facilitating weapons and supplies to Taliban sub-leaders and fighters.

In other ISAF news throughout southern Afghanistan:

South

Several insurgents were killed during an ISAF operation in Musa Qalah district, Helmand province, yesterday.

Coalition forces observed several insurgents setting up a firing position. After gaining positive identification, coalition forces requested close air support and engaged the enemy position, killing several insurgents.

Afghan and coalition forces targeted a Taliban leader and detained several suspected insurgents during an operation in Kandahar City, Kandahar province yesterday.

The Kandahar City based Taliban leader was responsible for coordinating weapons acquisitions and distribution for attacks against Afghan and coalition forces. He also instructed a Taliban fighter to warn citizens about the consequences of resisting Taliban rule in the area.

Also in Kandahar province, Afghan and coalition forces detained one suspected insurgent after the discovery of a weapons cache in Arghandab district, yesterday.

The cache consisted of 50 primers, approximately 30 feet (10 meters) of heavy wire and 980 feet (300 meters) of thin wire, 10 pounds (4.5 kilograms) of rocket propellant, 15 pounds (seven kilograms) of scrap metal, four molds for making bullets, 21 pounds of ammonium nitrate and various materials for the manufacture of IEDs.

Afghan and coalition forces discovered several drug and weapons caches in Helmand district during five separate patrols, yesterday.

In Garm Ser district, Helmand province, an Afghan and coalition forces patrol discovered 150 pounds (68 kilograms) of hashish and 20 pounds (nine kilograms) of opium buried outside a compound, yesterday.

Also in Garm Ser district, a separate combined patrol discovered 200 pounds (91 kilograms) of hashish and 200 pounds (91 kilograms) of poppy seeds.

Another combined patrol in Garm Ser district discovered a weapons cache consisting of 50 feet (15 meters) of detonation cord, 17 blasting caps, four pressure plates, two 40 mm rounds and several IED components.

In Marjeh district, Helmand province, a coalition patrol discovered a weapons cache consisting of seven rocket-propelled grenade rounds, four cans of 7.62 mm rounds, two radio-controlled receivers, one blasting cap, one radio, 18 82 mm rounds, one rifle and a jug of loose ammunition.

Also in Marjeh district, during a separate dismounted patrol, Afghan and coalition forces discovered one 75 mm round, one 82 mm mortar round and four 82 mm rifle rounds.

All weapons and drugs have been or will be destroyed by security forces

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