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Combined Forces Arrest Taliban Weapons Supplier

From an International Security Assistance Force Joint Command News Release

KABUL, Afghanistan, Aug. 23, 2012 – An Afghan and coalition security force arrested a Taliban weapons supplier today in the Chaparhar district of Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province, military officials reported.

The weapons supplier acquired and distributed mortars and other weapons to Taliban fighters in the district, officials said. In the weeks prior to his arrest, he delivered multiple weapons to Taliban fighters in the area.

During the operation, an armed insurgent threatened the security force. The security force engaged and killed him.

The security force also detained another suspected insurgent.

In operations yesterday:

-- A combined force detained several suspected insurgents yesterday in Balkh province’s Chimtal district during an operation to arrest a senior Taliban leader who is responsible for indirect fire and improvised explosive device attacks against Afghan and coalition forces.

-- A combined force in Kandahar province’s Panjwai district found and destroyed 1,201 pounds of marijuana and detained a suspected insurgent.

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