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Helmand Clashes Leave 15 Civilians, 65 Taliban Dead

Commander of 215 Maiwand Corps Gen. Wali Mohammad Ahmadzai on Friday said security forces have launched a large-scale military operation in Sangin district in Helmand province for the past three days where dozens of Taliban insurgents were killed and four villages were of the militants.
 
According to him, at least 15 civilians and 65 Taliban fighters were killed in the clashes.
 
Ahmadzai said the Taliban militants were pushed back from Sangin and the insurgent group is not able to take control of the district.
 
“Taliban called for the help of other fighters from other provinces to attack Sangin. Security forces however prevented them from taking the control of the district. Our military operation is ongoing from ground and air,” he stated.
 
Meanwhile, Helmand provincial council said security situation in province is a matter of concern; therefore, they urge government and the security forces to be alert and defeat the Taliban.
 
“The war is widespread. It is ongoing not only Sangin, but also other districts of the province. We urge the government officials to find a solution for it,” said Hayatullah Mayar, member of the council.
 
A number of Helmand civil society activists said Sangin as a center of drug smuggling is a strategic region for the warring parties and that the Taliban militants are trying to settle there.
 
“Sangin residents are living in a bad situation. Sangin is the biggest center of drug smuggling and Taliban wants to have the district under their control,” said Abdulhaq Zwakman, civil society activist said.
 
According to local officials, Taliban has control over six districts of Helmand. The group has recently posed a serious threat to Sangin and the outskirts of Lashkargah city – the provincial capital, reports indicate.

Provincial

Helmand Clashes Leave 15 Civilians, 65 Taliban Dead

Ahmadzai said the Taliban militants were pushed back from Sangin and the insurgent group is not able to take control of the district

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Commander of 215 Maiwand Corps Gen. Wali Mohammad Ahmadzai on Friday said security forces have launched a large-scale military operation in Sangin district in Helmand province for the past three days where dozens of Taliban insurgents were killed and four villages were of the militants.
 
According to him, at least 15 civilians and 65 Taliban fighters were killed in the clashes.
 
Ahmadzai said the Taliban militants were pushed back from Sangin and the insurgent group is not able to take control of the district.
 
“Taliban called for the help of other fighters from other provinces to attack Sangin. Security forces however prevented them from taking the control of the district. Our military operation is ongoing from ground and air,” he stated.
 
Meanwhile, Helmand provincial council said security situation in province is a matter of concern; therefore, they urge government and the security forces to be alert and defeat the Taliban.
 
“The war is widespread. It is ongoing not only Sangin, but also other districts of the province. We urge the government officials to find a solution for it,” said Hayatullah Mayar, member of the council.
 
A number of Helmand civil society activists said Sangin as a center of drug smuggling is a strategic region for the warring parties and that the Taliban militants are trying to settle there.
 
“Sangin residents are living in a bad situation. Sangin is the biggest center of drug smuggling and Taliban wants to have the district under their control,” said Abdulhaq Zwakman, civil society activist said.
 
According to local officials, Taliban has control over six districts of Helmand. The group has recently posed a serious threat to Sangin and the outskirts of Lashkargah city – the provincial capital, reports indicate.

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