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ISAF Joint Command morning operational update

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An Afghan and coalition security force conducted an operation in search for a Taliban leader in Mazar-e Sharif district, Balkh province, today.

The leader was found armed and displaying hostile intent. The security force responded to the immediate threat, engaged and killed the insurgent leader.

The leader was responsible for the logistical and financial support of insurgent fighters throughout Nahrin district. Additionally, he led a recent ambush attack against Afghan forces and buried roadside bombs throughout Baghlan.

No civilians were injured during the operation.

In other International Security Assistance Force news throughout Afghanistan:

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A combined Afghan and coalition security force discovered a drug cache while conducting a routine patrol in Panjwa‘i district, Kandahar province, yesterday. The cache consisted of approximately 5,500 pounds (2,500 kilograms) of marijuana. Security forces destroyed all drugs on site without incident.

In Zharay district, Kandahar province, a coalition security force discovered a weapons cache during a routine patrol yesterday. The cache consisted of seven mines, eight 82 mm recoilless rifle rounds, one heavy machine gun and several improvised explosive device components. All of the weapons were confiscated from the scene to be destroyed at a later date.

A combined Afghan and coalition security force discovered a drug cache during a routine patrol in Reg-e Khan Neshin district, Helmand province, yesterday. The cache consisted of approximately 500 pounds (227 kilograms) of marijuana seeds. The cache was destroyed at the scene without incident.

In Musa Qal’ah district, Helmand province, a coalition security force discovered a weapons cache during a routine patrol yesterday. The cache consisted of 40 electronic IED components, 15 five-gallon containers of homemade explosives, multiple artillery rounds, and detonation cord. An explosive ordnance disposal team destroyed the cache on site without incident.

Article by ISAF Joint Command