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A combined Afghan and coalition force captured a Taliban facilitator and several of his associates during a security operation in Sangin district, Helmand province, yesterday.

The facilitator assisted the terrorist network with acquisition and movement of narcotics in northern Helmand and western Kandahar provinces.

After extensive intelligence gathering, the security force targeted multiple compounds in the district associated with the facilitator. At the first location, the force secured and cleared the area before conducting their search. After initial questioning on-scene, the force detained two suspected insurgents. The security force ensured the safety of the women and children throughout the search.

The force continued their search at the second location, where they identified and detained the facilitator. Several additional individuals with suspected ties to Taliban insurgency were also detained for further questioning.

In other International Security Assistance Force news through Afghanistan:

North

A combined Afghan and coalition force captured a Taliban leader during a security operation in Dahanah-ye Ghori district, Baghlan province, yesterday. The leader directed and facilitated the movement of insurgents from Pakistan to southern Baghlan.

Multiple intelligence sources led the combined security force to a compound in search of the leader. The search began once the force called for all the occupants to exit the buildings. The force interviewed the residents and identified and detained the leader. There were no shots fired during the operation.

East

A combined Afghan and coalition force captured a Taliban facilitator during a security operation in Gelan district, Ghazni province, yesterday. The facilitator was involved in the acquisition of supplies and equipment to conduct surveillance and attacks on coalition forces.

The security force targeted a compound based on numerous intelligence tips. The force isolated the area and called for all occupants to exit the buildings. After all residents were secured, the force conducted interviews with the occupants. Based on the interviews, the force identified and detained the facilitator. There were no shots fired during the operation.

In Nangarhar province, a combined Afghan and coalition force captured an insurgent facilitator and detained several suspected insurgents during a security operation In Sherzad district, yesterday. The facilitator and explosives expert supported Taliban senior leaders in Ishkamish district, Takhar province and Burkah district, Baghlan province. He assisted the networks with the construction and emplacement of roadside bombs targeting Afghan and coalition forces.

The combined force targeted a location in search of the facilitator based on numerous reports of insurgent activity in the area. The search commenced as the force isolated the area and called for all occupants to exit the buildings. During the search, the force discovered 10 pounds (22 kilograms) of opium, grenades and multiple rifles. After interviewing residents and completing their search, the force identified and detained the facilitator, along with several individuals with suspected ties to insurgency. There were no shots fired during the operation and the force ensured the safety of the women and children.

A combined Afghan and coalition force captured a Haqqani network leader during a security operation in Sabari district, Khost province, yesterday. The leader was responsible for acquiring weapons and financial support for Haqqani operations.

Multiple intelligence tips led the force to target the Haqqani leaders suspected compound. After isolating the compound, the force called for all occupants to exit the buildings. All residents complied with the force’s request, allowing them to ensure the safety of the women and children. Once the residents were secured, the force conducted interviews, from which they identified and detained the leader. There were not shots fired during the operation.

South

A combined Afghan and coalition security force patrol discovered a weapons cache yesterday in Marjah district, Helmand province consisting of 680 7.62 mm rounds, one radio and eight AK-47 magazines.

In Aghandab district, Kandahar province, a combined Afghan and coalition forces patrol discovered a weapons cache, yesterday. The cache consisted of two AK-47s, six full magazines, one pair of binoculars, 120 pounds (54 kgs) of homemade explosives in two metal containers and several knives.

Article by ISAF Joint Command