From an International Security Assistance Force Joint Command News Release
KABUL, Afghanistan, Nov. 23, 2011 – A combined Afghan and coalition security force today captured a Taliban leader and four associates in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Afghanistan’s Helmand province, military officials reported.
Mohammad directed attacks that killed multiple civilians in southern Afghanistan. He also is linked to high-level Taliban leaders within the insurgents’ network.
Some bomb-making materials were confiscated during the operation.
Also, a combined patrol seized a drug cache today in Helmand’s Nawah-ye Barakzai district, officials said. The cache contained 20 pounds of ammonium nitrate and 400 pounds of poppy seeds. Ammonium nitrate, a fertilizer, also can be used to construct bombs.
Additionally, a combined force today discovered a weapons cache containing seven mortars and 35 explosive munitions in the Shindand district of Herat province.
In Afghanistan operations yesterday:
– A coalition force seized a weapons cache containing nine 122mm artillery rounds and two 115mm artillery rounds in the Bagram district of Parwan province.
– A combined force detained two suspects while searching for a Haqqani network member in the Pul-e ‘Alam district of Logar province. The man distributes weapons to Haqqani fighters and conducts attacks in the district.
– A combined force captured a Haqqani network leader and detained two suspects in Logar’s Pul-e ‘Alam district.
– A combined force captured a Taliban leader and two suspects in Nangarhar province’s Bati Kot district.
– A combined force captured a Haqqani network leader and one suspect in the Zarghun Shahr district of Paktika province. The leader coordinated roadside bomb attacks against Afghan forces.
– A combined force detained several suspects and seized some firearms and grenades during a search for a Haqqani network leader in the Sabari district of Khost province. The leader constructs and places roadside bombs and sells weapons to insurgents.