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Lashkar-e-Taiba Foothold Found in Helmand as Taliban Threaten City

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(Last Updated On: August 14, 2016)

HelmandAfghan security officials have reported about the foothold of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militants in Helmand battlefields.

Lashkar-e-Taiba is an active terrorist organization based in Pakistan whose goal is to challenge India’s sovereignty over Jammu and Kashmir.

Afghan authorities who are battling Taliban insurgency to win Helmand province in south of Afghanistan has told Ariana News that Pakistani intelligence officers are commanding the LeT militants.

Reports suggest that currently the insurgents are performing attacks against the governmental forces in a distance not more than 10 kilometer to Laskar Gah city, the capital of Helmand.

It seems that Taliban’s fighting tactics has been changed this year. The insurgents have been trained professionally to fight against the Afghan security forces.

Settlement of Taliban’s Quetta Shura in Helmand province, involvement of regional and international mafia in Helmand war, cultivation and production of the world narcotic drugs, illegal trade of alabaster stone and jobbery by governmental officials are the reasons of intensified war in Helmand.

But Taliban access to Iranian and Pakistani night weapons, snipers, and heavy weapons are  the main reason why the war in Helmand is tough for Afghan forces this year.

Improvised Explosive Devices (IED’s) are another challenge for Afghan forces which leaves high causalities to governmental forces and prevents ground advancements.

According to the reports there are about 4,000 militants in 12 groups including the Taliban’s red group fighting against the government forces in the strategic Helmand province where officials reported that there are many ghost soldiers compare to number on the records.

Despite of all these challenges Afghan soldiers said that Taliban are not capable to fight face to face with them; therefore, they are using guerilla tactics such as planting mines, ambushes and suicide attacks.

Sediq Sediqi, spokesman for the ministry of interior said Taliban have experienced heavy causalities and our forces are more mobilized now.

Helmand is among the volatile provinces in south of Afghanistan where the insurgents are controlling many districts of the province and fighting have reached to Lashkar Gah the capital of the city.

Government deployed high ranking security officials including General Murad Ali Murad, deputy chief of staff of the Afghan Army with reinforcements to topple Taliban in the province after the group overrun Nawa district last week.

Reported by: Ahmad Farshad Saleh

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Talibans’ attack in Zabul reppresents the group continues violence

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(Last Updated On: March 21, 2020)

The Presidential Palace says that the Taliban’s attack in Zabul province represents the group is in the favor of continuing the violence, as it has just conducted an Infiltrated attack on an Afghan military base in Qalat city of Zabul province amidst the process of intra-Afghan dialogue.

Taliban started the first day of the Persian year, 1399, with war – killing 20 Afghan troopers. The government states this attack seriously affects the peace process.

Moreover, according to recent reports, six Afghan troopers have been killed in the Nejrab district of Kapisa province.

Latif Mahmood, the deputy spokesman of the Presidential Palace, said that the Taliban endangers the peace process by launching such attacks, and of course, it shows their disloyalty to the process.

In the meantime, Nickolas Kay NATO’s Senior Civilian Representative in Afghanistan, said in a tweet, “I condemn the savage Taliban attack on the Afghan security forces in Zabul. What kind of people can order and do this to fellow Afghans on the day of Nowruz, in the midst of a global pandemic & after professing a commitment to peace? Shameful.”

On the other hand, sources close to the Taliban say that the Afghan government has not acted upon their commitments with the Taliban.

According to them, the recent violence is possibly because of the government’s slow processing of the prisoner releases.

Shahzada Massoud, a politician, has expressed that the political leaders should come to an agreement and intra-Afghan negotiations should start to announce ceasefire in the country, otherwise, war will continue.

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Two U.S. Service Members Killed in Afghanistan

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(Last Updated On: January 11, 2020)

At least two U.S. service members were killed and two others wounded in an IED blast in Kandahar province, the NATO-led Resolute Support Mission said in a statement.

The incident took place on Saturday after an IED hits US forces vehicle.

According to the statement, the US service members were killed while conducting “operations as part of NATO’s Resolute Support Mission.”

“In accordance with the U.S. Department of Defense policy, the names of the service members killed in action will be withheld until 24 hours after notification of next of kin is complete,” read the statement.

However, the Taliban militant group in a statement has claimed the responsibility for the explosion.

This is the first casualty of the U.S. forces in 2020 in Afghanistan.

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Car Bomb Hit Army Outpost Khakrez District Kandahar

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(Last Updated On: January 5, 2020)

A car bomb targeted a military outpost in Khakrez district of southern Kandahar province, sources said.

A security source, on condition of anonymity, told Ariana News that the Taliban militants have carried out a car bomb attack on a military outpost in Shargha area of the district at around 10 am, Sunday.

According to the sources, a number of Afghan forces have been killed and wounded in the attack.

However, the provincial spokesman confirmed the incident, he denied providing further details.

Meanwhile, the Kandahar police spokesman, Jamal Nasir, said that the Taliban insurgents were planning to attack a National Army outpost but the Afghan forces eliminated the attackers in time.

He added that nine Taliban militants have been killed and six wounded in the crossfire.

On the other hand, the Taliban claim that dozens of Afghan forces have been killed and two have been taken captives in the clash.

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