ISAF Joint Command Operational Update March 29, 2013

KABUL, Afghanistan–(ENEWSPF)–March 29, 2013 – During an operation in Nahr-e Saraj, Helmand today, an Afghan and coalition security force arrested a senior Taliban leader and detained one other insurgent.

The leader is believed to exercise operational control over multiple insurgent cells throughout Helmand province, committing multiple attacks against Afghan and coalition forces. He is also believed to be heavily involved in the acquisition and distribution of weapons to insurgent forces, and reportedly owns multiple poppy farms used in the production of illegal narcotics.

In other International Security Assistance Force news throughout Afghanistan:

North

Afghan and coalition security forces killed numerous insurgents during an operation in search of a Taliban leader in Chimtal district, Balkh province, Thursday. The leader is allegedly the second highest Taliban official in Chimtal district, responsible for directing multiple attacks against Afghan and coalition forces. He is also believed to be the district’s chief financier for the insurgency, funneling money to fighters for use in illegal arms purchases. The security force also seized six motorcycles, two rocket propelled grenade launchers with 12 rounds, multiple light machine guns and four drums of ammunition.

South

During an operation in search of a Taliban leader in Dand district, Kandahar province today, an Afghan and coalition security force detained two insurgents. The leader has command and control responsibilities over a number of fighters dedicated to attacking Afghan and coalition forces. He also has extensive experience with improvised explosive device operations, and plays a role in weapon transportation and distribution throughout Kandahar province.

East

An Afghan and coalition security force killed an insurgent during an operation in search of a Haqqani leader in Sabari district, Khost province, Thursday. The Haqqani leader is responsible for acquiring and distributing weapons to his fellow insurgents and has personally led his subordinates in multiple rocket-propelled grenade attacks against Afghan and coalition forces.

Source: isaf.nato.int