Calls for Reinforcement Troops to Helmand Go Unanswered

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Helmand provincial government officials complained on Friday that the central government is yet to respond to their frequent calls for deployment of reinforcement troops to the embattled districts in the southern province.

Local officials warned that Greshk and Nad Ali districts are on the verge of collapse as the battle in these districts have entered the sixth day.

“They [Taliban] want to destroy the Helmand river bridge and that capture the entire province,” said Greshk district governor Fahim Mosazai.

The provincial authorities called for air assistance to repel the insurgents from these districts.

“Taliban have attacked with heavy weapons. We have asked the senior government officials to help us,” a Police Commander Lalai Mama said.

According to the local officials, nearly 250 Taliban fighters have been killed and wounded.

Seven Afghan security force members have also lost their lives in the fighting, they added.

Hundreds of armed insurgents reportedly launched a coordinated attack early Sunday on these two districts, engaging in the gun battle with what is said insufficient number of troops.

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