Combined Force Seizes Weapons Cache

Compiled from International Security Assistance Force Joint Command News Releases

WASHINGTON, Dec. 20, 2011 - A combined Afghan and coalition security force discovered a weapons cache during a patrol in the Deh Yak district of Afghanistan's Ghazni province yesterday, military officials reported.

The cache contained a 120mm projectile, three 30mm rounds, 30 20mm rounds, 30 .50-caliber rounds, and explosive material.

In other Afghanistan operations yesterday:

-- A combined patrol discovered a drug cache containing nearly 1,000 pounds of hashish in the Zharay district of Kandahar province.

-- A coalition patrol found six improvised explosive devices in Kandahar's Panjwa'i district. Two of the IEDs contained about 10 pounds of explosives and the other three contained about 100 pounds of explosives.

In Dec. 18 Afghanistan operations:

-- A combined patrol seized a weapons cache containing seven mortar rounds, eight artillery rounds, two grenades and one rocket-propelled grenade in the Bahsud district of Nangarhar province.

Also this week, Marine Corps Gen. John R. Allen, commander of the International Security Assistance Force, congratulated the Afghan national security forces on the successful outcome of a recent operation in the Warduj district of Badakhshan province.

The operation saw Afghan army and police forces lead, plan and execute a mission to free 11 Afghan policemen who'd been captured by insurgents. Twenty-five suspected insurgents were arrested.

"The professionalism, courage and teamwork demonstrated by the ANSF in prosecuting this mission is a reflection of the ever-growing leadership capability and operational agility of the Afghan security apparatus writ large," Allen said.

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