Compiled from International Security Assistance Force Joint Command News Releases
Troops were seeking a Pakistan-based Taliban leader who is responsible for trafficking foreign fighters into southern
, officials said, and also is connected to several al-Qaida and Haqqani terrorist network leaders throughout Afghanistan . Afghanistan
Intelligence reports indicated the Taliban leader would be in
to help in launching a large-scale attack on security forces in Afghanistan Helmand province. After searching a compound where they believed the Taliban leader might be, the security force detained several suspected insurgents without incident.
In other recent operations throughout
-- Afghan and coalition forces killed two insurgents Feb. 12 at a traffic-control point in Nimroz province. The insurgents were stopped by security forces and found with a large amount of narcotics. The insurgents attempted to attack the troops with small-arms fire and hand grenades during the search of their vehicle and were killed immediately. The operation resulted in seizure of 820 pounds of heroin, 220 pounds of opium, a hand grenade and an assault rifle.
-- Security forces found several weapons stockpiles Feb. 12. Operations resulted in seizure of 3,200 anti-aircraft rounds, 218 assorted mortars and rockets, 29 rocket-propelled grenades, 26 anti-tank mines, 10 pounds of homemade explosives, six hand grenades, five rocket-propelled grenade launchers, an assault rifle, and more than 600 assault-rifle rounds.
-- Afghan and coalition forces detained a suspected insurgent and found two weapons caches Feb. 11 in
province’s Spin Boldak district. The suspect was arrested after security forces found him traveling with 26,400 pounds of ammonium nitrate, a fertilizer banned by the Afghan government because it can be used to make explosives. A separate security patrol in the district found a vehicle with 29 rocket-propelled grenades, 17 bags of ammonium nitrate, 10 land mines, seven pressure plates, four radio-controlled transmitters and two radios. Kandahar