Afghan Forces Recapture Southern District From Taliban

Claudine Rigal
Juillet 17, 2017

U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said the "horrifying" figure of 1,662 people killed between January and June of this year "can never fully convey the sheer human suffering of the people of Afghanistan".

The U.N. says that represents a 2 percent rise from the same period the previous year.

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.

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

Provincial governor's spokesman Omar Zwak confirmed that the Afghan forces seized the control of the key areas of Nawa district on Saturday, including the center of the district where the Taliban insurgents had established important fighting positions.

Government troops also captured a large cache of ammunitions and guns. There was no immediate comment from the Taliban.

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

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