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Taliban advancing in Helmand despite casualties

Taliban advancing in Helmand despite casualties

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Aug 03, 2017 - 20:49

LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): At least 29 Taliban fighters have been killed and 20 others injured in latest airstrikes and clashes in various districts of southern Helmand province amid reports the rebels were making advancement.

Nearly a dozen militants were killed and three others wounded when NATO forces pounded their hideouts in Nehr-i-Saraj area of Greshk district last night, the governor’s spokesman said.

Omar Zwak told Pajhwok Afghan News the Afghan forces also killed 13 Taliban militants and injured 11 others in an offensive in Nawa district.

Garamsir district chief Ayub Omar told Pajhwok Afghan News that five Taliban fighters were killed and six others injured during a clash with Afghan forces in Atom Darab area of the district,

The Taliban also confirmed the clashes. Their spokesman Qari Yusuf Ahmadi wrote on his Twitter page that the Afghan forces suffered causalities in attacks in Greshk district and Lashkargah city.

A media report on Thursday said the Taliban were making advancement and gaining more control on district like Marjah, Babaji, Musa Qala and areas on the outskirts of Lashkargah.

According to the Guardian, Babaji fell to the Taliban last year. Marjah has been firmly in the control of the insurgents, the British based newspaper said.

In Musa Qala, the Taliban run a veritable government; in LashkarGah, they are close enough to occasionally lob rockets into the governor’s compound, the newspaper said.

“Even if you kill all the teenagers, the next generation will join the Taliban,” said Abdul Jabbar Qahraman, a former presidential envoy to Helmand. “The insurgency used to be mostly a business. Now it’s also about revenge.”

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