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Taliban ‘Wipes Out’ Scores of Afghan Forces in Opium-Rich Helmand Bastion

Taliban narco-jihadis killed at least 68 members of the U.S.-backed Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) and injured 38 others in fierce clashes over the weekend in the terrorist group’s opium-rich stronghold of Helmand, Afghanistan’s largest province located along the Pakistani border.

Rudy Ayala (R) Law Enforcement Professional embeded with the Marine corps questions opium poppy farmer Abdul Manan (L) and his two sons, Hastihan (2nd R) and Muhammad Bayan (2nd L) at Maranjan village in Helmand province on April 25, 2011 as US Marines from Border Adviser Team (BAT) and Explosive …

Afghanistan Will Not Award Mining Contracts to U.S.-Backed Companies Despite China Deal

The Afghan government, funded in part by the American taxpayer, has refused to award contracts to exploit the country’s lucrative mining industry to Pentagon-supported international companies, including U.S.-based contractors, according to the U.S. Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), a watchdog agency.

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Taliban Again Targets Afghan Security Troops Collecting Pay in Helmand, Killing Civilians

The Taliban has once again targeted members of the Afghan security forces while they collected their pay, killing at least seven people, including two women and a child, and injuring more than 40 others, mostly civilians, in the jihadist group’s stronghold of Helmand province, located along the Pakistan border in southern Afghanistan.

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U.S. Revives Anti-Heroin Efforts in Afghanistan: Opium Seizures, Eradication Up

President Donald Trump’s administration has resuscitated the U.S.-backed efforts to combat the deadly opium crop and its heroin derivative in Afghanistan, triggering an increase in interdiction and eradication activity after counternarcotics operations nearly disappeared over the last few years.

A drug smuggler stands handcuffed as a police keep watch after being captured with 63 kilograms of drugs during a police operation in Nangarhar province, eastern Afghanistan, November. 22, 2014Afghan policemen Afghan police seized over 630 kilograms of heroin and arrested one men during an operation. (Photo by Nasrullah Shirzada/NurPhoto) …

Helmand: Fleeing Afghan Troops Killed, Surrender Weapons to Taliban

Nearly 100 members of the corrupt U.S.-funded Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) were executed by the Taliban as they tried to flee a town near the besieged capital of Helmand, a province that has remained an important Taliban stronghold throughout the 15-year-old war and is currently at risk of falling back into the hands of the jihadists, reports Reuters.

FILE -- In this March 9, 2016 file photo, smoke rises from a building, where Taliban insurgents hide during a fire fight with Afghan security forces, in Helmand province, south west Afghanistan. Kareem Atal, head of the provincial council, said Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016, that troops are being deployed to …