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At least 23 Afghan security forces killed in Taliban attack on US-Afghan base

No Americans were killed or wounded in the attack, says a US official

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March 2, 2019


US airstrike kills key Taliban leader in Afghanistan

32 other Taliban fighters were also killed in the airstrike

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December 2, 2018


Eight killed in suicide attack on Afghan election candidate

Helmand is a Taliban stronghold

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October 9, 2018


Young people in Afghanistan are marching for peace

Young people in Afghanistan are up to something remarkable. In the Taliban stronghold of southern Afghanistan, the people of Helmand province are protesting against the war. Their demand: the government and Taliban should stop killing civilians. According to a report published by The Diplomat, this is not just any generic call to peace. Instead, the…

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May 15, 2018


More than 30 rescued in Afghan raid on Taliban prison

LASHKAR GAH: Afghan and foreign special forces raided a Taliban prison in southern Helmand province on Sunday and rescued at least 30 people, according to army and provincial officials. Those rescued in the raid in Helmand’s Nawzad district included four children under the age of 12 and two policemen, the officials said. Twenty of the…

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November 19, 2017


Pakistan condemns suicide attack in Helmand

tan ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has strongly condemned the suicide attack on a police patrol in Lashkargah (Helmand), Afghanistan, on Wednesday which resulted in killing of many people, including civilians, and injuries to many others. “We convey heartfelt condolences message to the bereaved families and pray for early recovery of the injured,” the Foreign Office said in…

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August 24, 2017


Five killed in suicide attack in Afghanistan

LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan: At least five people were killed and 42 others wounded when a suicide attacker detonated a car bomb near a police headquarters in Afghanistan’s Helmand province on Wednesday, officials said. According to Reuters, the explosion struck a crowd of policemen and soldiers who had gathered to collect their pay in Helmand’s capital…

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August 23, 2017


16 Afghan police killed in US strike

Kandahar: A US airstrike killed 16 Afghan police and wounded two others in Helmand province, officials said Saturday. The incident took place Friday around 5 pm as Afghan security forces were clearing a village of Taliban elements, Salam Afghan, Helmand police spokesman, told AFP. “In the strike, 16 Afghan policemen were killed including two commanders….

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July 22, 2017


Taliban car bombing at Afghan bank kills 34, wounds dozens

At least 34 people were killed Thursday when a Taliban car bomb struck a bank in Afghanistan’s Lashkar Gah city as people were queueing to withdraw salaries, the latest bloody attack during the holy month of Ramadan. Dozens of wounded people were rushed to hospital on makeshift stretchers after the bombing at New Kabul Bank…

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June 22, 2017


Roadside bomb kills 11 Afghan civilians: officials

At least 11 civilians were killed when a roadside bomb ripped through their vehicle in the restive southern Afghan province of Helmand, officials said Saturday.  The blast occurred when the passengers were travelling from remote Nawa district to the provincial capital Lashkar Gah on Friday, government spokesman Omar Zhwak told AFP. “The blast was powerful…

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April 15, 2017


Suicide bomber kills six in Afghanistan’s Helmand

At least six people were killed on Saturday when an explosives-laden car rammed into Afghan soldiers who had queued outside a bank in southern Helmand province to collect their salaries, officials said. Nearly two dozen others were wounded in the explosion in the capital Lashkar Gah, many of them critically. No group has so far…

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February 11, 2017


Afghanistan welcomes return of US Marines to Helmand

Afghanistan on Saturday welcomed the Pentagon’s decision to deploy some 300 US Marines to the volatile province of Helmand, where American forces engaged in heated combat until their mission ended in 2014. The Marines will head to the poppy-growing southern province this spring to assist a NATO-led mission to train Afghan forces, in the latest…

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January 7, 2017


Afghan troops blunt Taliban offensive outside Helmand capital, officials say

LASHKAR GAH: Afghan government troops say they have fought Taliban forces to a standstill outside the capital of southern Helmand province, but the city remains surrounded after the insurgents launched one of their most brazen offensives. A center of illicit opium production as well as a traditional Taliban stronghold, Helmand has been one of the…

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October 17, 2016


Taliban attack in southern Afghan city kills 14: officials

KABUL: Taliban insurgents trying to seize a southern Afghan city killed 14 people including 10 policemen in a coordinated attack which started with a car bombing Monday, officials said. The assault was the militants’ latest attempt to capture the besieged Helmand provincial capital of Lashkar Gah after they gradually expanded their foothold across the opium-rich…

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October 10, 2016


Clashes as Afghan Taliban edge closer to Helmand capital

KANDAHAR: Fighting raged Thursday in Helmand after Afghanistan rushed military reinforcements to beat back Taliban insurgents advancing on the besieged capital of the southern poppy-growing province, as officials downplayed fears the city could fall. Afghan forces fought back insurgents after they stormed Nawa district, just south of Lashkar Gah city, late Wednesday, raising alarm that…

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August 12, 2016


One U.S. service member killed, two wounded in Afghanistan

KABUL: One member of the U.S. armed forces was killed and another two were wounded in the southern Afghan province of Helmand, where fierce fighting has been going on between Taliban insurgents and Afghan government forces, the U.S. military said on Tuesday. The U.S. service member died as a result of wounds sustained during operations…

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January 5, 2016


‘Afghanistan’s Helmand province may fall to Taliban’

KABUL:  Afghanistan’s southern province of Helmand is on the verge of falling to the Taliban, with 90 soldiers killed in fierce clashes, its deputy governor said Sunday, imploring Kabul for intervention in an unusual Facebook post. The warning bore grim similarities to the security situation that led to the brief fall of the northern city…

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December 20, 2015


Air strike kills 11 Afghan police in Helmand

KANDAHAR: An air attack has killed at least 11 Afghan police officers in the volatile and opium-rich southern province of Helmand, officials said Monday, in the latest apparent case of “friendly fire”. An interior ministry spokesman said the strike on Sunday was carried out by NATO forces but another ministry official could not confirm who…

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September 7, 2015


Afghan man in army uniform kills NATO soldier in Helmand

LASHKAR GAH: A man wearing an Afghan army uniform shot dead one soldier from the NATO-led force in Helmand in the country's south, where mostly British and U.S. troops are based, officials said on Tuesday.At least 63 NATO-led personnel were killed in 47 insider attacks across Afghanistan last year, far more than previous years, eroding…

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January 8, 2013


Three US soldiers killed by uniformed Afghan in Helmand

KABUL: An Afghan wearing a uniform killed three US soldiers in the southern province of Helmand, a spokeswoman for NATO-led forces in Afghanistan said on Friday.”All we know is that they were killed by an Afghan in a uniform of some sort,” the spokeswoman told Reuters, adding that it was too early to say if…

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August 10, 2012


Afghan Taliban relent over Helmand phone ban

HELMAND: Afghanistan's Taliban have relaxed an order to mobile phone companies to shut down networks in the southern province of Helmand, but only to help their fighters communicate better, a spokesman for the insurgent group said in Monday. Across Afghanistan, insurgents have destroyed mobile phone network towers of companies that refuse to shut them down…

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April 4, 2011