21 Jun. 2009
PR# 2009-441

ISAF troops seize insurgent weapons and drugs

Troops from The Black Watch, 3rd Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland, speak to a local Afghan during Operation Tora Arwa.

KABUL, Afghanistan - International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) troops discovered a large quantity of weapons and drugs during Operation Tora Arwa which began in Kandahar province on 10 June.

The Black Watch, 3rd Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland, operating as the Regional Battle Group for southern Afghanistan, deployed into the region by helicopter during the early morning hours.

The Battle Group came under sustained attack for several hours from insurgents using machine guns, rocket-propelled grenades and Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), yet repelled the attacks to amass the large finds.

In all, the unit discovered numerous weapons including AK-47s and pistols, AK-47 magazine, anti-personnel mines, more than 1176 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition, 150 rounds of 9mm ammunition, explosives as well as 118kg of wet opium, 190kg of marijuana, and 110kg of marijuana seeds.

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