Friday, June 26, 2009

OEF Update, June 26, 2009: Troops Conduct Anti-Taliban Operation in Helmand Province

Dispatches from the Front

Dispatches from the Front:

KABUL, Afghanistan, June 26, 2009 -- Afghan and coalition forces detained several suspected Taliban militants during an operation overnight to disrupt Taliban improvised explosive device and rocket attacks against Afghan national security forces and coalition forces in Helmand.

In Nad Ali District, Helmand province, a combined force patrolled near the village of Marjeh, about 25 km west of Lashkar Gah, to compounds where intelligence sources reported a known Taliban commander to be located.

While clearing the compounds, the force encountered a threat. After performing several escalation of force measures to no avail, the threat was eliminated.

The force completed the search without further incident, detained a handful of suspected militants, uncovered about 350 pounds of black tar heroin bundled in 20-pound bags and confiscated one AK-47 rifle. The black tar heroin was destroyed in place.

No ANSF, coalition forces or non-combatants were injured in this operation.

(From a U.S. Forces Afghanistan news release.)

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