Afghan, coalition forces discover insurgent weapon factory
An Afghan and coalition force conducting a dismounted patrol discovered an insurgent weapon factory in Sangin District, Helmand province, Monday.
The combined force discovered a building that contained six 55-pound barrels of homemade explosives, scales, a boiler room and a drying room. After cataloguing and taking pictures of the weapons materials, the force determined the best way to destroy the materials was to conduct a precision artillery strike.
The Afghan and coalition forces verified no civilians were in the area and cordoned off a safety zone approximately 300 meters from the factory. The forces maintained control of the area until three rockets hit the factory, destroying it and its contents in place.
Article by ISAF Joint Command