Taliban defy U.S. air strikes to seize former NATO outpost in Helmand Province

Taliban defy U.S. air strikes to seize former NATO outpost in Helmand Province
2011L In happier times, a British soldier talks with tribesmen in NATO held Helmand Province. (Image: UK MOD)

[Ed. – Yes, we’re being rolled in Afghanistan.  Emphasis added.]

Taliban fighters have seized control of a strategically-important district headquarters in Afghanistan’s Helmand province despite American air strikes.

Musa Qala, once a key Nato position, is the second town in northern Helmand to fall to the Taliban in recent weeks.

The group also captured Nawzad after intensifying attacks in the region.

Musa Qala saw some of the fiercest clashes between Western forces and the Taliban following the American-led invasion of Afghanistan in 2001.

Three US air strikes on Saturday around Musa Qala reportedly killed up to 40 Taliban fighters but the militants regrouped to push Afghan ground forces back.

District governor Mohamad Sharif said he fled the district on Wednesday morning as the Taliban attacked.

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