July 1st, 2010
09:37 AM ET

Taliban district chief captured in firefight

International and Afghan security forces wounded and captured a Taliban district chief and killed a "large number" of insurgents in a four-hour firefight, NATO's International Security Assistance Force said in a statement Thursday.

The battle took place in a compound outside a village in the Baghran district of Afghanistan's Helmand province after insurgents opened fire on security forces with rocket-propelled grenades and machine guns, ISAF said.

No security force members or civilians were killed or wounded in the fighting, but a "large number of insurgents" died, ISAF said, without providing specific numbers.

"Dozens of automatic weapons, RPG launchers and rounds, a machine gun, grenades, and ammunition were discovered along with 20 pounds of wet opium" after the fighting, the statement said.

"This joint force operation dealt another significant blow to the Taliban network," said Col. William Maxwell, ISAF Joint Command Combined Joint Operations Center director. "These joint efforts are key to further establishing peace in the region."

NATO-led forces have been waging an offensive against the Taliban in southern Afghanistan.

Dubbed Operation Moshtarak, the offensive was launched in February by an international coalition of 15,000 troops including Afghans, Americans, Britons, Canadians, Danes and Estonians.

The Taliban had set up a shadow government in Helmand province's Marjah region, long a bastion of pro-Taliban sentiment.

It is a key area in Afghanistan's heroin trade and full of the opium used to fund the insurgency.

Filed under: Drug trade • Operation Moshtarak • Taliban
soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. Shrek

    Excuse my ignorance but predators kill the predated die that is a proven fact is it not?

    July 1, 2010 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |

    Rock the cazbar.

    July 1, 2010 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |

    Well said Yoda.

    July 1, 2010 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jerry

    BUBBA–ALABAMA STYLE!!! & Daniel-2. I think you are stinking right-ring war mongering creeps you should be ashamed of your selves.

    July 1, 2010 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lennybaby

      Jerry,I couldn't agree with you more.These guys are true sickos and that is all there is to it!!!!!!!!!

      July 1, 2010 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Steve

    I don't think the Taliban and Al Qaida is interested in sitting down and "talking truth." They are too busy planting bombs, intimidating locals, using human shields, and torturing/killing 7 year old "spies."

    July 1, 2010 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • desert voice

      You forgot that they are also cutting noses of beautiful young women.

      July 6, 2010 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  6. actuallywas there

    i was there last night they shot at us first and we didnt kill your precious civilians

    July 1, 2010 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • was there too

      I was there last night too. Actually had our guys render aid to the wounded who were shooting at us 5 minutes earlier! But yeah, you hippies and pacifists really know what is going on there huh?

      July 1, 2010 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Gary Johndro

    Yaba daba doo!!!!!!!

    July 1, 2010 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel-2

      I notice onesmallvoice hasn't used the words 'Right wing' like Former Marine said. Is that because nobody has mentioned Predator Drones yet?

      July 1, 2010 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |

        But they will,Funny boy.Just give it some time.

        July 1, 2010 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |