Afghan forces recapture key district

17 Juillet, 2017, 15:58 | Author: Claudine Rigal
  • FILE- Afghan National Army Soldiers with 2nd Brigade 215th Corps and U.S. Marines conduct a survey of a landing zone at Forward Operating Base Robinson Helmand province Feb. 24 2014

In a report released Monday, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein called the numbers "horrifying", adding that they "can never fully convey the sheer human suffering of the people of Afghanistan".

About 13,000 US and allied troops in a NATO-led force are deployed in Afghanistan. More women and children were also among the dead this year.

The report commended Afghanistan's security forces, saying fewer civilians were caught in the crossfire compared to past year. "The army is being very careful during operations to prevent civilian deaths", Waziri told The Associated Press.

The Afghan security forces recaptured the control of Nawa district from the Taliban insurgents in southern Helmand province. He said ANDSF are now controlling Nawa district and are clearing mines and IEDs planted by Taliban to protect civilian lives. The Taliban did not immediately comment on reports of the district's fall.

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Naway is located just 16 kilometres (10 miles) from Lashkar Gah, and had been a staging area for militant attacks on the provincial capital.

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

Omar Zowak, the provincial governor's spokesman, said the operation kicked off on Saturday morning and that troops are moving in from three different directions.

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