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
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  1. libzqp

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  2. zjgshau

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    October 4, 2011 at 6:27 am | Report abuse |
  3. Esther

    I want to send you an award for most helpful itnrneet writer.

    October 3, 2011 at 5:51 am | Report abuse |
  4. dindy Sri lanka

    terrorists who drove trucks into buildings here have been killed by our army. who is this Idiot talking about saving Taliban who went in planes to destroy WTC and also hurt their own Afghan civilians? Are you a living human being or a dead Ghost who just type here to support Taliban .?

    August 27, 2010 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  5. mike

    another taliban leader taken down along with his insurgents, its great news but the people joining the taliban need to know the true evils they practice, hatred and murder, thats not what allah was truly about. if only we can convince the people not to support the taliban and al quaedas veiws

    July 4, 2010 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gary Johndro

      Quite right,mike,otherwise how are we to achieve our most glorious victory over there?

      July 5, 2010 at 1:25 am | Report abuse |
      • Ernie Beatty

        Gary,Lorri,since I never learned any Latin,I'll simply say,Siempre Fidel!

        July 5, 2010 at 1:28 am | Report abuse |
      • Bledsoe

        Ernie. Quid quid latine dictum sit, altum videtur.

        July 6, 2010 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.

      If we keep this up they won't have anyone smart enough to be their leader!!!

      July 6, 2010 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Lorri

    Semper Fi!

    July 4, 2010 at 1:11 am | Report abuse |
  7. fubarafg

    Sounds exactly like Vietnam, Go figure, win the hearts and minds, deep inside a Afganie is an american waiting to come out, yet they kill us when we turn our backs . Get our people out of there. This is our taxpayer money being wasted over there. Bring our troops home.

    July 3, 2010 at 2:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Daniel-2

      Very well put,fubarafg!

      July 3, 2010 at 8:23 am | Report abuse |
      • Larry Valecia, Calif.

        The way we are trying to get out is a better way than just leaving!!!

        July 3, 2010 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.

      It it wasn't for us to be in Vietnam!!! The Communist would be there today!!!

      July 6, 2010 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Larry Valecia, Calif.

    We already tried that with Vietnam!!! If didn't work there... Hopefully training them to take care of themselves will do it!!!

    July 2, 2010 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Larry Valecia, Calif.

    Bubba: The only thing that would have been worse would have been if McCain and Sara Palin would have won instead of Obama!!! The Republicans really can pick winners...

    July 2, 2010 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
  10. mitch

    our military is now on the biggest offensive since the war began. The bad guys can hide in caves like little children is but this time we are coming for you. We will find you and we will kill you.Please do not run because if you do it will take us a few more hours to find you and kill you.It is the American soldier who has now fear. We are the Brave ones not the taliban. rember why we are here. The folks that killed 3000 americans trained in this country and we came here to kill them and help the people to stand on their own. I hope we kill them all! Thanks to all the brave and highly motivated soldiers.I honor each and evry one of you. Stay SAFE!!

    July 2, 2010 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • maysr1959

      way to go! agree with you 100 friggin percent on our ops in afghanistan!

      September 13, 2010 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  11. dave

    so, apparently US service members have a choice in whether or not we go to a war zone. that's news to me. I signed the contract to defend all of my rights and freedoms that this wonderous country has afforded me. Pardon me for being a patriot? Oh, and if anyone takes a shot at me, your frigin right i'm gonna shoot back. We came in with hopes of a greater future for Afghanistan. One without opium farms, murder, intimidation, torture, honor killings (also murder), extortion, power mongering through arms, warlords, militias, and basically every other awful inhumane policy upheld by the Taliban.

    July 2, 2010 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Jaybob

      lol, yeah. In Iraq I just said I wanted to go to Jamaica and they put me on a jet plane headed that way. We also voted on deploying the second time.

      July 2, 2010 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.

      That is the same hope we have for Mexico... But we don't have troops there!!! Hopefully Obama will be doing the right thing and we will get our troops out of both Places...

      July 2, 2010 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Daniel-2

    Did I mention that I drink vodka instead of tea but I'm still a war mongering,ignorant,hateful Tea Partier and we're going to take this country by storm in this fall's elections bigtime!!!We're on the Move!!!

    July 1, 2010 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |

      And that's what scares me to no end.The very thought of MIC(the military industrial complex) taking over this country through their foot soldiers(the Tea Partiers) by having their right-wing candidates win big time in this fall's elections is quite terrifying indeed.But then again,President Obama did do a terrible job as President by giving the right-wing thugs everything they wanted and then some!

      July 2, 2010 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.

      Not if the People of this Country has anything to say about it!!!

      July 2, 2010 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Shrek

    Suggesting a cup of "Man tea ' to anyone in Britain or anywhere else would get you a smack in the mouth don't try it.

    July 1, 2010 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Shrek

    What a 'suck up'

    July 1, 2010 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Onesmallvoice

    This blog is getting pretty stupid. Some of you are using several names. Just like real idiots

    July 1, 2010 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shrek

      You are right, i know for sure that you and Daniel-2 Tony Posy and BUBBA–ALABAMA STYLE!!! are and you are one and the same person and should be ashamed of yourselves.

      July 1, 2010 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
      • Tom Posey

        No Shrek,not me.I'm too smart to play this stupid game like these right-wing creeps do.Are you sure they're not C.I.A.agents who are doing this?????

        July 2, 2010 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
  16. Onesmallvoice

    Good point Jery

    July 1, 2010 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shrek

      Do me the good grace to reply to me with my full name, not with a lazy short cut Anabel.

      July 1, 2010 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  17. 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 |
  20. 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 |

    They don't call you Funny boy for nothing,right?

    July 1, 2010 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  22. 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 |
  23. 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 |
  24. 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 |
  25. Larry Valecia, Calif.

    Watch out Taliban: We are going to keep getting your Leaders until we have PEACE there... Bin Laden it is only a matter of time before we get you!!!

    July 1, 2010 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Onesmallvoice

      How does one go about "getting" a man who is most probably dead already?

      July 1, 2010 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |

        That's a very good question.

        July 1, 2010 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
      • Daniel-2

        Why do you keep talking to yourself? isn't 1 name enough onesmallbubba?

        July 1, 2010 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
      • Onesmallvoice

        With a Predator drone of course...

        July 1, 2010 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
      • Mike

        Because he's not dead, because you can tell there is still organization in al qeada, and he's still in a videos, he fights like a coward, and attacks like a coward, and brainwashes men under him to do his fighting while he leaves them there to die to save his ass, he's running for one reason, he fears his life, because we are truely the best military in the world, cant wait to join the Army.

        July 4, 2010 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |