Monday, December 15, 2014

Helmand Province - Taliban Territory?

A recent new report in a British newspaper penned by Bilal Sarwary paints a dismal picture of Helmand province since British troops and American marines have departed. With the threat of Coalition air power now diminished and very little intelligence being passed to the Afghan security forces the Taliban are now emboldened. The Taliban have increased their operational tempo and taken over a good part of Helmand province. Once you travel a few miles outside of any of the district centers in the province you are in a no man's land situation - where the government troops exert little influence and the Taliban and drug lords reign supreme. Improvised explosive devices or IEDs remain a critical problem and the lack of medical care for the sick and injured compounds the situation for the population of Helmand. Read more in "Vast swathes of southern Afghanistan already in Taliban hands only weeks after British troops depart", The Independent, December 14, 2014.

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