Afghan Police resist Taliban siege of HQ in Helmand

Helmend:Afghan forces are struggling to hold the police HQ in the town of Sangin in Helmand province, amid a siege by Taliban fighters, officials say.But there are conflicting reports as to who controls the whole district.The Helmand governor and police dismissed Taliban reports that it now controlled it as “totally false”.Sangin district has fallen to Taliban control several times and the fighting has caused significant casualties among Afghan and international forces.In the east, a Taliban attack near Bagram on Monday killed six US soldiers. It was one of the deadliest attacks on foreign forces in Afghanistan this year.Three rockets were also fired into Kabul overnight on Monday.

Some 12,000 foreign soldiers are deployed in the country as part of the Nato-led Resolute Support international coalition, which is meant to underpin Afghan security forces.Britain has announced that a small number of UK personnel have been deployed to Camp Shorabak in Helmand province in an advisory role.”These personnel are part of a larger Nato team, which is providing advice to the Afghan National Army. They are not deployed in a combat role and will not deploy outside the camp,” a Ministry of Defence spokesman said.Resolute Support replaced the 13-year Operation Enduring Freedom, which saw more than 900 international coalition deaths in Helmand province. More than 100 of them were British soldiers.

The head of Helmand’s provincial council, Muhammad Kareem Atal, said 2,000 Afghan security forces personnel had been killed in the province this year.


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