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A combined Afghan and coalition force killed several insurgents, detained numerous suspected insurgents and discovered a weapons cache during a security operation in Qaisar district, Faryab province, yesterday.

The forces conducted a clearing operation to disrupt a Taliban safe haven known for improvised explosive device activity and weapons cache sites near Khwaja Kinti village in the district.

The security force targeted the area near the village based on numerous intelligence reports and tips from citizens. While conducting the search, the combined security force was attacked by suspected insurgents. The force engaged the individuals, killing several. They also detained numerous suspected insurgents for further questioning.

During the operation, the force discovered and destroyed a weapons cache with two IED pressure plates, ammunition for multiple weapon systems, three 100-foot (30 meters) spools of detonation cord, three chest racks, multiple rocket-propelled grenade rounds, one RPG propellant, 11 RPG Boosters, 10 pounds (4.5 kilograms) of ammonium nitrate, one main charge for an explosive, two 107 mm warheads, two 82 mm mortar rounds, and numerous vests with sniper rifle rounds sewn into the inside of the pockets.

In other International Security Assistance Force news throughout Afghanistan:

East

A combined Afghan and coalition force captured a Taliban leader and two other suspected insurgents during a raid in Andar district, Ghazni province, yesterday. The cell leader was an IED expert who maintained connections with Taliban leadership in the area.

The combined force targeted a compound suspected of Taliban activity in the district. They isolated the targeted compound and called for all occupants to exit the premises peacefully. After ensuring the safety of civilians, the force conducted their search and identified the Taliban leader. He and two other suspected insurgents, were detained. There were no shots fired during the operation.

An Afghan and coalition force captured a Taliban leader and detained one suspected insurgent during a security operation in Baraki Barak, Logar province. The leader facilitated IED components and coordinated attacks with other leaders in the district.

The combined force was led to the location of the Taliban facilitator, where they isolated the compound and called for all occupants to exit the buildings peacefully. After securing the women and children, the force searched the area. The facilitator was identified and detained along with one suspected insurgent after interviewing residents.

Also in Baraki Barak, a separate combined force captured a Taliban facilitator and one suspected insurgent during a security operation, yesterday. The facilitator provided ammunition and IED materials to Taliban associates.

Intelligence tips led the combined force to the facilitator’s compound in Baraki Barak. The force secured and cleared the targeted area without incident. After ensuring the safety of the women and children, the force identified and detained the facilitator along with one suspected insurgent. No shots were fired during the operation.

In Wardak, a combined Afghan and coalition force detained numerous insurgents while searching for a Hezb-E Islami Gulbuddin network leader in Nerkh district. The network leader raises funds in order to plan and coordinate attacks against Afghan and coalition forces with other Hezb-E Islami Gulbuddin leaders in the district.

The combined force targeted a compound in the district based on numerous intelligence reports. They secured and cleared the compound without incident; detaining numerous suspected insurgents for further questioning. Fifty pounds (22 kgs) of marijuana was also discovered and safely destroyed. There were no shots fired and no civilians harmed during the operation.

South

A combined Afghan and coalition force detained numerous suspected insurgents while targeting a Taliban leader during a security operation in Zharay district, Kandahar province, yesterday. The leader acquires IED components for distribution throughout the district. He also facilitates the coordination and execution of IED attacks.

The force was led to a compound in the district based on numerous intelligence reports. They secured the compound and conducted interviews with residents at the scene. After initial questioning, the security force detained the suspected insurgents. Security forces ensured the safety of women and children throughout the search.

An ISAF patrol operating in Nahr-e Saraj district, Helmand province yesterday discovered a weapons cache consisting of more than 200 7.62 mm rounds, 50 commercial detonators, 22 pounds (10 kgs) of explosive chemicals, assorted transmitters, receivers and other components. The explosive materials were safely destroyed on site.

Article by ISAF Joint Command