At least one hundred US soldiers have been deployed in the last few hours in the southern Afghan province of Helmand. Their goal is to help Afghan security forces to fight back a major offensive of the Islamist Taliban terrorist group, reports Khaama Press News.
US and International Coalition troops are currently in Afghanistan as part of the ‘Resolute Support’ Mission, which provides training, assistance and advice to the Afghan armed forces and – only in exceptional cases like the present terrorist attacks – they intervene directly on the battlefield.
The spokesman of US troops in Afghanistan, General Charles Cleveland, told reporters during a press conference held in Kabul – the Afghan capital – that the thrust of the insurgents will continue despite their failure to conquer an important town, which was the primary target of their attacks.
For months, the Taliban have intensified their operations in Helmand, a strategic province not only because it is on the border with Pakistan, but mainly because it is the area with the highest production of opium in the world (42% of the total production). Thanks to numerous raids, so far the Taliban have conquered areas not far from the capital, Lashkargah, and the entire district of Nawa.
An Afghan army officer said days ago that the insurgents would have moved the Special Forces of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, equipped with the latest weaponry, to Helmand. The Afghan authorities are certain that the Taliban want to transfer there – if they manage to achieve significant results in this province – part of their leadership, currently gathered in Quetta Shura in the neighboring Pakistan.