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An Afghan-international security force searched a series of compounds around the village of Saleh Kheyl in the Jaghatu district of Ghazni province last night after intelligence information confirmed militant activity. The joint force captured a Taliban sub-commander and another insurgent responsible for conducting IED attacks and ambushes against Afghan and international troops. The security force also found multiple weapons.
In Helmand, Feb. 3, a joint security force searched a vehicle northwest of Marjah in Nad Ali district after intelligence information indicated militant activity. The force discovered several AK-47s, a rocket-propelled grenade launcher, several RPG rounds, handheld radios and a machine gun. The men in the car were detained for further questioning.
In other operations yesterday, an ISAF patrol discovered IED making materials in the Maiwand district of Kandahar province. The force found numerous home-made blasting caps, detonation cord, batteries, wire and a mortar round. The items were destroyed at the site.
In Arghandab district of Kandahar province yesterday, an Afghan civilian turned in four 81mm mortar rounds.
The Afghan-led team confiscated three AK-47s, three grenades, 1,000 machine gun rounds, RPG boosters, assorted improvised explosive device-making materials including wire, batteries and electronic components. About 680 kg (1,500 lbs) of suspected ammonium nitrate fertilizer, which was recently banned, and 22 kg (50 lbs) of black tar opium were also discovered.
No civilians were harmed and no shots were fired in any of these operations.