Afghan and coalition security forces apprehended several suspected insurgents in Helmand province Tuesday while in pursuit of a Taliban commander operating in Marjah.
The Taliban commander also facilitates supplies for area fighters.
In their ongoing efforts to disrupt Taliban operations in Helmand province, the security force used intelligence tips to target a remote compound in Marjah district to search for the commander. Afghan forces used a loudspeaker to call for all occupants to exit the buildings peacefully and then the joint security force cleared and secured the compound.
After conducting initial questioning with the residents at the scene, the security force detained three suspected insurgents. The security force also found 45 pounds of wet opium, which is often illegally trafficked to fund the insurgency.
The security force did not fire their weapons and they protected the women and children for the duration of the search.
Article by ISAF Joint Command