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Taliban continue aggressive push in Afghanistan


Afghan Special forces patrol Lashkar Gah, Afghanistan, on Tuesday. Associated Press/Photo by Abdul Khaliq

Taliban continue aggressive push in Afghanistan

The Taliban has now captured nine out of 10 districts of the Helmand provincial capital of Lashkar Gah. The insurgent group continued its advance into southern Afghanistan on Tuesday. The nation’s government forces launched airstrikes backed by the U.S. military in a desperate effort to defend the city.

What’s the outlook for the conflict? The fall of Lashkar Gah would be a major turning point in the offensive the Taliban has waged in recent months as U.S. and NATO forces withdraw. It would also be the first provincial capital the Taliban has captured in years. The Afghan military dispatched elite commando units to help protect key government buildings, including the local police and army headquarters. But some fear it’s only a matter of time before Taliban forces overrun those facilities.

Dig deeper: Read Mindy Belz’s report about the threats facing the Afghan people as the U.S. troops withdraw.


Kent Covington

Kent is a reporter and news anchor for WORLD Radio. He spent nearly two decades in Christian and news/talk radio before joining WORLD in 2012. He resides in Atlanta, Ga.

@kentcovington

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BURNINGHEART

In your reporting on Afghanistan are you researching the rise of Iranian militia threatening both the Afghan government and the Taliban?