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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 »

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 »

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 »

Russia may be helping supply Taliban insurgents: US general - Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top U.S. general in Europe said on Thursday that he had seen Russian influence on Afghan Taliban insurgents growing and raised the possibility that Moscow was helping supply the militants, whose reach is expanding in ...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 »

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 »

Pakistan Fears Billions in Military Funds Under Scrutiny Amid Trump Aid Cuts - Bloomberg

Pakistani armed forces attend a military parade during the National Day of Pakistan in Islamabad on March 23, 2016. Photographer: Metin Aktas/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images. Billions of dollars of military aid to Pakistan is under fresh scrutiny as ...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 »

Top US General in Europe Says Russia May Be Supplying Taliban in Afghanistan -

Russia may be influencing and supplying the Taliban in Afghanistan, the top U.S. general in Europe said during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Thursday. Army Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, who also serves as NATO's Supreme Allied Commander ...and more »

Reports of Sangin's fall are 'complete fabrication,' US military insists - Military Times

WASHINGTON — U.S. officials are disputing reports the Taliban have retaken a hotly contested region in the opium-rich Helmand valley, saying local security forces made a planned, deliberate withdrawal from the Sangin district center after months of ...and more »