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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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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. SHARE THIS ARTICLE. Share · Tweet · Post · Email. Billions of dollars of military ...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 »

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 »

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 »