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Coalition ground forces observed multiple insurgents placing an improvised explosive device while on patrol in Sayyidabad district, Wardak province, yesterday.

After assessing an imminent threat, the ground forces requested close air support to engage the insurgent position.

Coalition aircraft engaged the insurgents as they were burying the IED, killing several.

No civilians were harmed and no civilian property damaged during the incident.

In other International Security Assistance Force news throughout Afghanistan:

South

A combined Afghan and coalition security force captured a Taliban facilitator during an operation in Kandahar district, Kandahar province, today. The facilitator moved and emplaced roadside bombs throughout Kandahar City. Multiple suspected insurgents were detained during the operation.

A combined Afghan and coalition security force captured a Taliban leader during an operation in Kandahar district, Kandahar province, today. The leader constructed roadside bombs and supplied insurgents with mines, grenades and rockets for use in area attacks. One additional suspected insurgent was detained during the operation.

East

Today, during an operation in Zurmat district, Paktiya province, a combined Afghan and coalition security force captured a Taliban leader. The leader constructed and stored explosives and conducted roadside bomb attacks targeting Afghan forces in the Zurmat and Gardez districts. Multiple suspected insurgents were detained during the operation.

A combined Afghan and coalition security force captured a Haqqani car bomb facilitator during an operation in Pul-e ‘Alam district, Logar province, today. The car bomb facilitator was involved in an attack in Logar province earlier this month that killed one civilian and wounded nine others. The security force detained one additional suspected insurgent during the operation.

EVENING

Combined Afghan and coalition security forces discovered two weapons caches while conducting routine patrols in Kandahar district, Kandahar province, today.

The first cache consisted of one rocket-propelled grenade launcher, six RPG rounds, three hand grenades, 1,000 rounds of small arms ammunition and three bundles of detonation cord. All of the weapons were confiscated and will be destroyed at a later date without incident.

The second cache consisted of 14 RPGs, five anti-personnel mines, one 107mm rocket, approximately 120 gallons (500 liters) of explosive material and various improvised explosive device components. Security forces destroyed a portion of the cache on site and confiscated the remainder for destruction at a later date.

In other International Security Assistance Force news throughout Afghanistan:

South

A combined Afghan and coalition security force discovered a drug cache while on patrol in Zharay district, Kandahar province, today. The cache consisted of approximately 1,000 pounds (454 kilograms) of hashish. Security forces destroyed all drugs on site without incident.

East

A combined Afghan and coalition security force discovered a weapons cache while on patrol in Zurmat district, Paktiya province, today. The cache consisted of approximately 5,000 pounds (2,273 kilograms) of marijuana and approximately 132 pounds (60 kilograms) of hashish. Security forces destroyed all drugs on site without incident.

Article by ISAF Joint Command