‘Exhausted’ Afghan troops fighting Taliban in south ‘need reinforcements’

Published: Wednesday 20th January 2016 by The News Editor

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Afghan troops fighting the Taliban across most of southern Helmand province desperately need reinforcements, security officials have said.

Provincial police chief General Abdul Rahman Sarjang said that government forces are also facing serious challenges in Helmand’s capital, Lashkar Gah.

He said the Afghan forces “are exhausted” and need reinforcements. He also warned that a lack of coordination between the army and police is hampering progress in the fight.

He said the Taliban are making serious stands in seven districts – Sangin, Gereshk, Khanashin, Musa Qala, Nawzad, Washer and Marjah – and that at least three districts of the capital are also under threat.

Helmand is a strategic region for the Taliban. It borders Pakistan and grows opium, the raw material for most of the world’s heroin.

Published: Wednesday 20th January 2016 by The News Editor

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