29 Jun '14, 1am

Taliban battle to regain areas of key southern province

The Afghan Taliban have been battling government forces for the past week in an attempt to retake control of the district of Sangin in Helmand province. Scores of civilians, security personnel, and Taliban fighters are reported to have been killed in the ongoing fighting. The Taliban launched their assault on June 19, with an estimated 800 to 1,000 fighters attacking police and military checkpoints in Sangin. The Taliban overran several outpost, then, in what is described as a coordinated offensive, attacked security forces and government personnel in the neighboring districts of Musa Qala, Now Zad, and Kajaki in northern Helmand. Local officials in Sangin claimed that "Pakistanis and Arabs" are involved in the Taliban offensive, while Afghanistan's Interior Minister accused the Pakistani military of participating in the attacks. The status of the four districts is uncerta...

Full article: http://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2014/06/taliban_ba...

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