An Afghan and coalition security force arrested the leader of a Taliban cell in Panjwa’i district, Kandahar province, today. The arrested leader’s insurgent cell is suspected of conducting small-arms fire and improvised explosive device attacks against Afghan and coalition forces within the district. He is alleged to be attempting to acquire weapons – including mortar rounds – for future attacks. In addition to his insurgent cell activities, the Taliban leader was believed to be involved in a plot to kidnap Afghan security officers prior to his arrest. The security force also detained a number of suspected insurgents as a result of the operation.
An International Security Assistance Force patrol seized 520 kilograms (1,150 pounds) of opium during an air interdiction operation in Reg-e Khan Neshin district, Helmand province, Sunday. The ISAF patrol discovered the drugs after stopping and searching a vehicle traveling along a known narcotics smuggling route. ISAF detained one individual – the driver of the vehicle – during the operation. The opium was destroyed in place.