The fighting was in two parts of Helmand's Gereshk district, about 50 kilometers southwest of the strategic Kajaki Dam.
Thousands of NATO and Afghan troops have been engaged for weeks in Operation Achilles, an offensive aimed at Taliban militants within 150 kilometers of the dam.
(AFP, AP, Reuters)
The Afghan Insurgency
A U.S. military vehicle damaged by insurgents near Kandahar (epa)
HOMEGROWN OR IMPORTED? As attacks against Afghan and international forces continue relentlessly, RFE/RL hosted a briefing to discuss the nature of the Afghan insurgency. The discussion featured Marvin Weinbaum, professor emeritus of political science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and RFE/RL Afghanistan analyst Amin Tarzi.
LISTENListen to the entire briefing (about 83 minutes):
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