Combined Force Arrests Taliban Weapons, Explosives Dealer
KABUL, Afghanistan, Aug. 15, 2012 – An Afghan and coalition security force arrested a Taliban weapons dealer in the Sangin district of Afghanistan’s Helmand province today, military officials said.
The weapons dealer provided homemade explosives and other bomb-making material to Taliban fighters.
He also was involved in plans to smuggle a large quantity of explosives into the region for use in attacks against Afghan and coalition forces, officials said.
The security force also detained two suspected insurgents during the operation.
Also today, in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand province, a combined force arrested a Taliban leader who recruited fighters and provided them with weapons and explosives for attacks against Afghan and coalition forces. The force also detained several suspects during the operation.
In operations yesterday:
In the Panjwai district of Kandahar province, a combined force conducted a precision airstrike against insurgents. The force confirmed the strike killed one insurgent and did not injure any civilians or damage civilian property.