Afghan-led Force Detains Several Suspected Insurgents in Helmand
An Afghan and coalition security force detained several suspected insurgents in Helmand last night while in pursuit of a senior Taliban commander and member of the Nawa Military Commission. He is responsible for decisions involving military operations and matters of governance within the Taliban-controlled areas of Nawah-ye Barakzai District.
The joint security force targeted a remote compound south in Nawah-ye Barakzai District and Afghan forces used a loudspeaker to call for all occupants to peacefully exit the buildings. After questioning all the residents, several suspected insurgents were detained for further questioning.
Approximately 15 pounds of black tar heroin, illegal in any amount under Afghan law, was found at the scene.
No shots were fired and the women and children were protected throughout the search.
"We're bringing to justice those that have held the law abiding citizens of the Helmand province hostage with brutality," Col. Rafael Torres, ISAF Joint Command Combined Joint Operation director said. "The people are moving forward with jirgas, organizing discussions about education, governance, increased security-these are topics that flourish once stability is established."
Article released by ISAF Joint Command