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Resolute Support spins loss of Sangin district center as a victory - Long War Journal

After months of heavy fighting in Sangin, the Taliban took control of the district's center in Helmand province last night. Yet, Resolute Support – NATO's mission in Afghanistan – attempted to claim victory. Resolute Support tweeted a statement which ...and more »

Taliban Take an Afghan District, Sangin, That Many Marines Died to Keep - New York Times

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — The Taliban captured the strategic district of Sangin in the southern province of Helmand on Thursday, according to local officials. It was the culmination of a yearslong offensive that took the lives of more combatants than ...and more »

400000 Afghan children expected to drop out of school - Arab News

A young boy sells balloons in Kabul, on Thursday. An aid group said Thursday that nearly a third of all children in war-torn Afghanistan are unable to attend school, leaving them at increased risk of child labor and recruitment by armed groups. (AP ...and more »

Why Sangin's fall to the Taliban matters - BBC News

The Taliban's capture of the strategically-located Sangin, once considered the deadliest battlefield for US and British troops in Afghanistan, will increase the group's mobility in the north of the province and give it control of an important supply ...and more »

Taliban takes key district in Helmand province - Long War Journal

The Taliban seized the district of Sangin in southern Helmand province, forcing Afghan troops to withdrawal and Coalition forces to launch airstrikes to destroy bases and government facilities left behind. Sangin has been a battleground in Helmand for ...and more »

Is Russia Helping the Taliban? - U.S. News & World Report

The top U.S. general in Europe said he has seen Russian influence on Afghan Taliban insurgents growing. March 23, 2017, at 11:13 a.m.. Is Russia Helping the Taliban? Share. ×. Share on Facebook · Post on Twitter · Post to Reddit. Email. Share in ...and more »

India eyes deal to repair Afghan aircraft, deepening military ties - Reuters

KABUL (Reuters) - India is considering whether to pay for repairs to grounded helicopters and transport planes from Afghanistan's air force, signaling a willingness to step up military assistance for Kabul that has irked Pakistan in the past. India ...and more »

Taliban Denies Talks With Pakistan on Afghan Peace Prospects - Voice of America

Afghanistan's Taliban disputes media reports that its representatives recently visited neighboring Pakistan and discussed with officials there the prospect of holding direct peace talks with Kabul. The Taliban have long refused to hold direct talks ...and more »

Afghan forces withdraw from key district in embattled Helmand province - Washington Post

KABUL — The capital of a strategic southern district — where Western troops once spent months fighting to dislodge Taliban forces in the most famous clash of the 16-year Afghan war — has passed quietly into the hands of Taliban insurgents without a ...and more »

Afghan Children, Deprived of School, Tell of Their Deepest Fears - New York Times

When the first day of the new school year starts in Afghanistan on Thursday, 3.7 million boys and girls won't be in attendance, because of increased violence, displacement and poverty. The total number — roughly one in three school-age Afghan children ...and more »