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Afghan forces recapture Nawa district from Taliban in Helmand

Afghan forces recapture Nawa district from Taliban in Helmand

The Afghan government said Monday that troops retook a key district in the southern Helmand province from the Taliban.

Naway is located just 16 kilometers, or 10 miles, from Lashkar Gah, and had been a staging arena for militant attacks on the city.

US and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation troops are in Helmand to assist Afghan security forces when needed.

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Aided by surveillance drones and USA strike aircraft, including F-16s and AH-64 Apaches, Afghan forces captured the district center on Monday.

Defense ministry spokesman, General Dawlat Wazir said two-day offensive saw security forces take the district center of Nawa, to the south of Lashkar Gah, killing more than 50 fighters and destroying vehicles and equipment.

"Afghan security and defense forces regained the control of Nawa district today morning and Taliban rebels after suffering huge casualties have run away", said the statement. "Nawa is a major north-south route for transportation, so as people travel north, they would typically travel through Nawa".

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On 29th March, Afghan forces conducted air raids in Helmand province in which as many as 45 Taliban insurgents were killed and 29 others were wounded. However, its role was relegated to "command and control, battle tracking, intelligence, maneuver, fires integration, and leadership evaluation and development", Motz said in the release.

The expeditionary advising packages, touted by Gen. John Nicholson the commander of USA forces in Afghanistan before senators in February, are proving to be effective, Motz said. More women and children were also among the dead this year. It said 434 civilians were killed during military operations against insurgents.

"It was a very successful operation in Helmand", said Moqbal.

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