18 Jul '17, 12am

US-backed Afghans reclaim key district in Helmand province from Taliban:

US-backed Afghans reclaim key district in Helmand province from Taliban:

WASHINGTON – Afghan security forces backed by U.S. air power and Marine Corps advisers retook a key district from the Taliban in Afghanistan's restive Helmand province on Monday after a battle to push the insurgents away from the province’s capital, U.S. and Afghan officials said. Afghan government forces raised the national flag over the central building complex in Nawa district on Monday following a two-day offensive to reclaim the district just south of Lashkar Gah, the Helmand capital, said Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, a Pentagon spokesman. He said the district, among the larger towns in central Helmand, was critical to securing Lashkar Gah, a prized target for the Taliban. The Taliban had held Nawa for about nine months, according to Long Wars Journal, which monitors the Global War on Terror. Because of its location along a major north-south thoroughfare into Lashkar Gah, t...

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