An Afghan-international security force captured a couple of suspected militants yesterday in Kandahar province while pursuing a Taliban district commander.
The joint security force searched a vehicle near Kandahar City after intelligence indicated militant activity. The joint force stopped the vehicle without incident and detained the occupants.
Also in Kandahar last night, an Afghan-international security force detained a suspected militant while searching for a Taliban commander.
The joint force went to a compound in north Kandahar City after intelligence found militant activity. The joint force searched the compound and detained the militant.
In other operations, there were numerous IED and unexploded ordnance finds yesterday. An Afghan-international security force patrol found two 20-pound jugs of explosives in the Garm Ser district of Helmand province. The IEDs were destroyed and no one was injured. In Panjwa District of Kandahar province, a joint force discovered five artillery rounds tied together with wires in a sack. Also in the south, Afghan civilians handed over four artillery shells to ISAF forces in Nad Ali district of Helmand province.
No shots were fired and no one was harmed during any of these operations.
ANA delivers supplies to help local citizens
Afghan National Army soldiers from the 203rd Thunder Corps, their counterparts from the Gardez Provincial Reconstruction team, and U.S. soldiers assigned to Forward Operating Base Lightning delivered vital supplies to the villagers in Gardez district of the Paktya province during a civil assistance mission, Dec. 29.
The supplies included blankets, cooking stoves, food items, shoes and winter jackets.
"ANA plans the mission, identifies the location and conducts the mission from start to finish," said Staff Sgt. Jeremy Hancock of Payson, 405th Civil Affairs Battalion.
Capt. Raz Mohammad, a civil affairs officer with the ANA who helped plan the mission, said he has performed this type of mission for three years. He said the ANA has more autonomy to plan and perform the missions now than it did in the early days of the partnership.
"The end goal is for the ANA to be self-sufficient, to operate independent of any help from coalition forces and to have a government organization that is sufficient to help the locals in times of emergency," Hancock added.
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The four ISAF fatalities in the last 24 hours were previously announced in IJC news release 2009-12-CA-093.