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ISAF News Release: Afghan-ISAF Operations in Western, Eastern, Southern Afghanistan

March 14, 2010

NEWS RELEASE
ISAF Joint Command – Afghanistan

2010-03-CA-058
For Immediate Release

KABUL, Afghanistan (Mar. 13) – An Afghan-international security force killed eight militants and captured a foreign fighter facilitator in Farah last night. Three of the eight militants killed were identified as foreign fighters.

A joint security team went to a small compound in a rural area north of the village of Shir Sorkh, in the Gulistam district, after intelligence information indicated militant activity. As the joint force arrived they immediately came under fire from the insurgents inside. The security force returned fire and cleared the enemy from the compound. One militant, who was wounded, was a foreign fighter facilitator responsible for the moving and equipping foreign militant fighters coming into Afghanistan.

A search of the building found multiple weapons, to include rocket-propelled grenades, machine guns and hand grenades.

In Khost last night, a joint security force searched a compound outside of Mirzagol Kala, in the Khowst district, after intelligence information indicated militant activity. During the search the joint force captured a Haqqani sub-commander responsible for buying improvised explosive device components and giving them to cell members, recruiting and training militants, and conducting attacks against Afghan and coalition forces. Two other insurgents were also detained.

The security team recovered rifles, a blasting cap and a large amount of cash.

In Kandahar yesterday, an Afghan-international security force searched a compound near the town of Nagzhan in the Arghandab district after intelligence information indicated militant activity. During the search the joint force captured a Taliban leader responsible for planning attacks against coalition forces. When confronted by the security force, the Taliban leader identified himself. Two other militants were detained during the operation.

In other operations, a joint patrol found three weapons caches within 100 meters of each other in the Tarin Kot district of Uruzgan Province yesterday.

The caches contained three RPGs, a mortar round, two grenades, 20 meters of detonation cord and 350 rounds of small-arms ammunition. The caches were destroyed.

No Afghan civilians were harmed during these operations.

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