Taliban takes key Sangin locations as British troops deployed to help Afghan forces

(From The Guardian)

The Afghanistan government has suffered a serious setback after a Taliban offensive succeeded in taking control of much of Sangin, the Helmand town that became totemic for British forces, accounting for a third of their casualties.

Afghan soldiers patrol in Helmand province

Afghan soldiers patrol in Helmand province

The fall of key locations in and around the town on Sunday and Monday comes just a year after Nato pulled combat troops out of Afghanistan. Since then theTaliban has made inroads in Helmand and elsewhere around the country.

The Ministry of Defence said British troops have been deployed to help local forces, but would not take any combat role and would only provide advisory support.

Reports in the Times and Wall Street Journal said the SAS and US special forces have been deployed to help retake lost ground in the province.

The MoD refused to comment on any operations involving the SAS. A spokeswoman said: “As part of the UK’s ongoing contribution to Nato’s Resolute Support Mission, a small number of UK personnel have deployed to Camp Shorabak in Helmand province in an advisory role. Read More

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