In other operations yesterday:
-- In Helmand province’s Nahr-e Saraj district, a combined force detained several suspected insurgents while searching for a Taliban leader responsible for planning and commanding operations against Afghan forces.
-- A combined force detained two suspected insurgents in Kandahar province’s Kandahar city while searching for a Taliban leader. The leader directs a core group of insurgent fighters augmented by al-Qaida-associated foreign fighters in Quetta, Pakistan.
-- In Khost province’s Manduzai district, a combined force detained a suspected insurgent during an operation to target a Haqqani network leader involved in roadside-bomb manufacturing and attacks against Afghan government establishments and the Afghan army.
-- In Logar province’s Charkh district, a combined Afghan and coalition security force detained two suspected insurgents during a clearance operation to disrupt future insurgent activity in an area historically associated with Taliban facilitators.
-- In Kandahar province’s Zharay district, a combined patrol found 551 pounds of hashish.
-- A coalition patrol in Helmand province’s Marja district found 1,102 pounds of wet opiumand detained two men associated with the cache.
-- In Helmand province’s Nad-e Ali district, a coalition patrol found eight 81 mm illumination rounds, 49 7.62 mm rounds, 15 5.56 mm rounds and an audio tape.
-- A combined patrol in Kandahar province’s Arghandab district found 15 82 mm rounds.
-- In Herat province’s Shindad district, a combined force found a cache of mortar and small-arms rounds, seven rocket-propelled grenades, an anti-tank mine, 23 five-quart jugs filled with homemade explosives, 53 fuses, 33 feet of electric wire, two pressure plates and 19 RPG propellants.
In other recent operations:
-- A combined force in the Afghan capital of Kabul found 18 hand grenades, about 4,409 pounds of ammonium nitrate -- a banned fertilizer used to make roadside bombs -- 40 round fuses, 27 cans of explosive material, 2,700 detonators, four timed detonators and 20 rifle magazines.
-- In Helmand province’s Sangin district, a combined patrol found 220 pounds of opium May 23 and 24. The drug cache would have a street value of $500,000 once exported, officials said. The force transferred a man who had anacetic anahydride -- a precursor for producing heroin -- to the custody of Afghan forces for questioning.
May 27, 2011: Compiled from International Security Assistance Force Joint Command News Releases
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