Troops On Offensive To Re-Take Helmand's Nawa District

Patrice Gainsbourg
Julho 17, 2017

About 13,000 USA and allied troops in a NATO-led force are deployed in Afghanistan. It also noted that more women and children were among the dead this year.

Since the launch of the operation, 12 Taliban insurgents have been killed, Zowak said.

The report commended Afghanistan's security forces, saying fewer civilians were caught in the crossfire compared to a year ago.

Afghan security forces have retaken a southern district from the Taliban as part of a drive to weaken the insurgents' hold on Helmand province and push them back from around its capital, Lashkar Gah, officials said on Monday. The fighting in the Naway district was fierce, with more than 50 Taliban killed, according to Waziri, who said just five security forces were wounded.

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It was not possible to independently verify the defence ministry's casualty figure and no comment on insurgent losses was immediately available from the Taliban.

The operation would continue with security forces moving further south along the main road to the town of Garmsir, officials said.

Elsewhere in Afghanistan, the Taliban snatched three border police officers from their auto in the western Herat province, including a woman, and killed them, said Jelani Farhad, the provincial governor's spokesman.

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