30 Jul '16, 12pm

Heavy fighting as Taliban try to overrun Afghan district

Heavy fighting as Taliban try to overrun Afghan district

Related Americans injured fighting Islamic State group in Afghanistan Five U.S. servicemembers were wounded in recent days fighting militants aligned with the Islamic State group in eastern Afghanistan, Army Gen. John Nicholson said Thursday, adding that none of the injuries were life-threatening. Afghan government loses 5 percent of territory to insurgents, report says Afghanistan’s government lost control or influence in nearly 5 percent of its territory between January and May, a U.S. government watchdog said Friday. KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghan security forces backed by international troops were battling for control of an important district in southern Helmand province on Saturday, a day after it was announced the government had lost five percent of its territory to insurgents in recent months, officials said. Mohammad Omar Zwak, a spokesman for Helmand’s provincial gov...

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