Troops Set To Re-Take Helmand’s Nawa District
[ToloNews] After launching a large-scale offensive to re-take Nawa district in Helmand
...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan...
, security forces are only two kilometers from the governor’s compound, officials said.
Afghan cops on Sunday continued their operation to re-take Nawa district of southern Helmand province and are now only two kilometers from the district governor’s compound, local officials said on Sunday.
The operation was launched early Saturday to re-capture Nawa which fell to the Taliban
about nine months ago, Omar Zwak said.
"Security forces have re-taken [a stretch of] 10 kilometers of Nawa and only two kilometers to the district governor’s compound is left. The forces are advancing in the battle against the bully boyz and so far 18 bully boyz including their commanders have been killed," Zwak said.
"One security force member was also killed in the clash with the Taliban and six others were maimed," he said adding that "there are no civilian casualties. Our priorities are to prevent civilian casualties."
Zwak also said that foreign troops are supporting the Afghan cops by carrying out
Arclight airstrikes on the affected area.
"Our operation is moving a little slowly because of mines that have been placed by the bully boyz along the roads. So far we have defused 150 mines but by the end of the day we will take control of the district," he said.
TOLOnews news hound, Abdullah Hamim who is with the security forces says "the mines are a key issue for the security forces and [in addition to mines] they have recovered bombs and weapons during the operation."
Posted by: trailing wife 2017-07-17