The leader directed the emplacement of roadside bombs and provided weapons and funds to insurgents in the area, officials said.
In other March 3 Afghanistan operations:
-- In the Zharay district of Kandahar province, a combined force detained several suspects while searching for a Taliban leader who coordinates insurgent activities and provides logistical support to the Taliban between Kandahar City and the Herat area.
-- An Afghan security unit killed one insurgent, detained two suspects and confiscated firearms and ammunition in the Kunduz district of Kunduz province.
In March 2 operations:
-- A combined force found 500 feet of detonation cord, 60 pressure plates and two chest rigs in the Musa Qalah district of Helmand province.
-- An Afghan-led and coalition-supported force found about 29 pounds of opium, 44 pounds of hashish and 220 pounds of marijuana seeds in Nangarhar's Achin district. The security force destroyed a portion of the drugs and confiscated the rest for later destruction.
In March 1 operations:
-- A combined force found about 4,732 pounds of opium and 53 pounds of heroin and detained several suspects in Helmand's Marjah district
-- A combined force captured an insurgent commander and two suspects in Uruzgan's Tarin Kot district.
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