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In Afghanistan’s Helmand Province, Taliban Talk War, Not Peace

In Afghanistan’s Helmand Province, Taliban Talk War, Not Peace

Soldiers from the U.S.-led NATO coalition have joined combat to stop a Taliban advance in Afghanistan’s Helmand province, where battlefield success has given the insurgents’ their biggest symbolic victory in years and made talking peace a fading hope.

Nearly 14 years on from the U.S. invasion that toppled the Islamist regime after the Sept. 2011 attacks, the Taliban are undefeated and making gains since most foreign forces left last year, but are still far from their goal of retaking Kabul.

A furious counter-assault led by the Afghan army is on in the Helmand district of Musa Qala that on Wednesday fell to the Taliban for the first time since 2007.

“The deputy defense minister is in Helmand right now and an operation is ongoing in full force to retake the district,” said Gen. Dawlat Waziri, a defense ministry spokesman.

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