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A combined Afghan and coalition force captured a Taliban facilitator during a security operation in Zharay district, Kandahar province, yesterday.

The facilitator was a Taliban financier who funds operations and acquires weapons for attacks against coalition forces, including the vehicle-borne improvised explosive device attack against a coalition forward operating base April 7.

Based on intelligence tips, the security force targeted the facilitator’s compound in the district. The combined security force secured and cleared the targeted area and called all occupants to exit the premises peacefully. After ensuring the safety of all women and children, the force identified and detained the facilitator. No shots were fired during the operation.

In other International Security Assistance Force news throughout Afghanistan:

North

An Afghan and coalition force detained one suspected insurgent while searching for a Taliban facilitator during a security operation in Baghlan-e Jadid district, Baghlan province, yesterday. The facilitator is an explosives expert operating in the district. He recently constructed suicide vests for use in future attacks by the Baghlan suicide attack network. He is directly responsible for attacks against Afghan National Security forces and assisted in an attack against an Areeba cell phone tower.

The combined force targeted a compound in Baghlan-e Jadid in pursuit of the facilitator. The security force called for all residents to exit the targeted compound. The residents peacefully complied and were interviewed by the security force. One suspected Taliban insurgent was detained for further questioning. No shots were fired and women and children were protected throughout the search.

South

In Nahr-e Saraj district, Helmand province, a coalition forces patrol discovered a weapons cache yesterday consisting of two 15-pound (7 kilograms) jugs filled with homemade explosives, three pressure plates, one 60 pound (27 kgs) directional fragmentation charge, two electronic charges with spliced wires and several other IED-making components.

East

In Qarghah’i district, Laghman province, a combined Afghan and coalition forces patrol killed several insurgents, yesterday.

The patrol received rocket-propelled grenade and small-arms fire from an unknown number of insurgents. After gaining positive identification of the insurgent position, the patrol engaged the insurgents with small-arms fire and called for close air support, killing several insurgents.

A coalition patrol found a weapons cache in Qarah Bagh district, Ghazni province, yesterday. The cache consisted of 150 pounds (68 kgs) of homemade explosives divided in six different containers, three one-liter cans filled with homemade explosives, five pressure plates, one initiator and several IED-making components.

Also in Ghazni, a coalition patrol discovered a weapons cache consisting of 16 rocket-propelled grenades and 11 82 mm rounds in Ghazni district, yesterday.

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