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At a gathering on the eve of Ashura – the 10th Day of Lunar month of Muharram, the commemoration of martyrdom of Imam Hussein, the grandson of Prophet Mohammad – the Afghan deputy minister of defense Baz Mohammad Jawhary challenged the Taliban to a face-to-face war and praised security forces for their dedication.
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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.