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    Operational Update, Oct. 11: Afghan-International Security Forces Kill, Detain Militants; ISAF Casualty



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    International Security Assistance Force HQ Public Affairs

    Militants Killed, Detained

    Afghan and International security forces killed and detained several suspected militants in three operations in eastern and southern Afghanistan today and Tuesday.

    Today a joint security force killed more than a dozen militants and detained a suspected militant after searching a mountainside compound in Kunar province known to be used by an al-Qaida commander and his element believed responsible for the facilitation of foreign fighters and numerous attacks in Pech Valley.

    During the search of the compound located near Tantil village, northeast of Jalalabad, the force received hostile enemy fire on two occasions and returned fire, killing the enemy militants. The joint force also found a number of rocket propelled grenades, machine guns, multiple AK-47 rifles and other grenades. All items were destroyed in place.

    In another operation in Ziruk district, Paktika province a joint security force detained several suspected militants today after searching a compound known to be used by a Haqqani facilitator and his element believed to be responsible for financing and supplying weapons to other militants in the region.

    The joint force also found several grenades and a cache of small arms ammunition. All items were destroyed on site.

    In a third operation that marked one of the largest drug and weapons discoveries this year, a joint force found about 100 kilograms of heroin, 1,800 kilograms of opium, nearly 50 metric tons of opium seeds along with a morphine processing lab during a search in Kajaki district, Helmand province, Oct. 6.

    The joint force killed multiple enemy fighters and detained several suspected militants.

    The joint force, assisted by the Afghanistan Narcotics Interdiction Unit, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency and the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation, coordinated and conducted the search to disrupt anti Afghan forces and to set conditions for effective future security operations in central Helmand province.

    The force also found a weapons cache that included: 35 RPGs, five hand grenades, one 82mm recoilless rifle, 600 links of 7.62mm ammunition, four sniper rifles, one RPG launcher, 15 blocks of C-4 explosives, two blocks of Semtex plastic explosives, 50 detonation cords, two landmines, one passive infrared initiator, 350 rounds of various ammunition and 35 tons of ammonium nitrate—a chemical used to make roadside bombs. All drugs were destroyed on site, and weapons were either positioned for safe disposal or destroyed on location.

    No Afghan civilians were harmed during these operations.

    ISAF Casualty

    One U.S. service member was killed in an improvised explosive device strike Oct. 10, in western Afghanistan.



    Date Taken: 10.11.2009
    Date Posted: 10.11.2009 04:47
    Story ID: 39942
    Location: KABUL, AF 

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