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ISAF Joint Command morning operational update: 18 August 2012

UNCLASSIFIED

2012-08-S-035
For Immediate Release

ISAF Joint Command morning operational update: 18 August 2012

KABUL, Afghanistan (August 18) – Afghan and coalition officials confirmed today one of the insurgents arrested during an operation yesterday is a senior Taliban leader in Chahar Bolak district, Balkh province.

The arrested Taliban leader acquired weapons, explosives and funds for insurgents in the area and directed and led attacks against Afghan and coalition forces. He was also responsible for using extortion and other forms of intimidation against Afghan civilians.

In other International Security Assistance Force news throughout Afghanistan:

South

An Afghan and coalition security force detained several suspected insurgents in an operation to arrest a Taliban weapons dealer in Kandahar district, Kandahar province, today. The Taliban weapons dealer purchases weapons and other military equipment for Taliban fighters in that area.

An Afghan and coalition security force discovered a cache containing narcotics and improvised explosive devices during an operation in Now Zad district, Helmand province, today.  At the cache site, the Afghan and collation force seized 2,200 kilograms (4,850 pounds) of wet opium, 38 improvised explosive devices, and 25 kilograms (55 pounds) of explosives. The IEDs, explosives and drugs were destroyed on site.

In Marjah/Nad ‘ali district, Helmand province, an Afghan and coalition security force found a cache of weapons while conducting a dismounted patrol yesterday.  The cache included weapons, grenades, and ammunition.  During the operation, the Afghan and coalition security force also detained one suspected insurgent.

East

An Afghan and coalition security force arrested multiple suspected insurgents, and killed one insurgent, after he threatened to attack them, during an operation to arrest Haqqani-affiliated insurgent leaders in Baraki Barak district, Logar province, today.  The Haqqani-affiliated leaders are responsible for directing attacks against Afghan and coalition forces in the province.   During the operation, the security force also discovered a weapons cache that includedmultiple heavy weapons, ammunition, improvised explosive device components, and a large amount of homemade explosive.  The security force seized the weapons and destroyed the homemade explosives and IED components on site.

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