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 Helmand province, Afghanistan

Helmand is the largest of the 34 provinces of Afghanistan. It is in the southwest part of the country. Its capital is Lashkar Gah. The Helmand River flows through the mainly desert region of the province, providing water for irrigation.


Helmand is the world's largest opium-producing region, responsible for 75% of the world's total production. This is more than the whole of Burma, which is the second largest producing nation after Afghanistan. Afghan opium accounts for more than 90% of the global supply, and thus is the main source of the global heroin trade as well.


The Helmand valley region is mentioned by name in the Avesta (Fargard 1:13) as Haetumant, one of the early centers of the Zoroastrian faith, in pre-Islamic Afghan history. However, owing to the preponderance of non-Zoroastrians before the Islamization of Afghanistan – particularly Hindus and Buddhists – the Helmand and Kabul regions were also known as "White India" in those days. Some Vedic scholars (e.g. Kochhar 1999) also believe the Helmand valley corresponds to the Sarasvati area mentioned in the Rig Veda as the homeland for the Indo-Aryan migrations into India, ca. 1500 BC.


Much of the fighting between NATO and Taliban forces is taking place in this province and Helmand is said to be a Taliban stronghold.

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Representatives of youth groups in Helmand said they are ready to consult the Taliban leadership and invite them to join the peace process. “People are killed inside bazars, mosques and at homes and even at funeral ceremonies,” said one protestor Qais Hashimi. Another protestor Najibullah said: “They ...
(UNAMA) strongly condemned yesterday's attack in southern Helmand province that killed at least 15 civilians and injured more than 40. “Facts in the incident have now become clear. The detonation of a vehicle-borne explosive device took place in Lashkargah, the capital of Helmand, near a park when ...

A car bomb exploded outside a sports stadium in southern Afghanistan on Friday, killing at least 10 people and wounding dozens more, officials said, capping a bloody week in the war-torn country. The blast happened in Lashkar Gah as spectators were leaving a wrestling match at the stadium, Helmand ...
At least 15 people were killed and 51 wounded on Friday night in Lashkargah City in Helmand after a suicide bomber detonated a car laden with explosives. Officials confirmed that children were among those killed and wounded. Helmand governor's spokesman Omar Zwak said the explosion occurred ...
LASHKARGAH: A car bomb explosion in Lashkargah City in Helmand province on Friday evening killed 15 people and wounded 51 others, local officials confirmed. Helmand governor's spokesman Omar Zwak said the explosion happened close to a local stadium in the city. According to Afghan police ...
A wounded man is assisted in a hospital, after a car bombing outside a sports stadium in Lashkargah, capital city of southern Helmand province, Afghanistan, Friday, March 23, 2018. Provincial chief of police Abdul Ghafar Safi said the blast was carried out by a suicide bomber and that the target was ...

Omar Zwak, spokesperson for the governor of Helmand province, said Friday's blast in the city of Lashkar Gah took place close to the Ghazi Muhammad Ayoub Khan stadium, where a wrestling match was taking place. Aminuallah Abed, chief of the provincial public health department, said that 40 people ...
militants attacked their check-post in the Nawa district of the southern Helmand province, a reliable source said on Wednesday. A security official, who wished to go unnamed, told Pajhwok Afghan News insurgents stormed security forces' checkpoint in Ainak locality of the district late on Tuesday night.
LASHKARGAH: Security forces have occupied 20 school buildings and are using them as security posts in different areas of Helmand, the education director has said. Talking to Afghan media outlet, Helmand education director Daud Shah Safari termed it a great injustice with children to convert their ...
At least 10 suspected insurgents were killed and 13 wounded in an operation by Afghan security forces in the southern province of Helmand, authorities say. Afghanistan's National Directorate of Security (NDS) said in a statement on March 10 that the operation was conducted in the Khoshkaba area of ...
Afghan security forces say they have arrested a German man in southern Helmand province who has been a long-time military adviser to the Taliban. The man was captured with other three other suspected militants in a raid on a bomb-making site in Gereshk district. His identity is unclear. Officials say he ...
Two car bombs detonated on Saturday morning leaving at least three people dead. The bombings happened in Nad Ali district and Lashkargah city of Helmand province, local officials said. Helmand provincial governor's spokesman Omar Zowak confirmed the blasts and said that three soldiers were killed, ...
militants clashed in southern Helmand province last night, with both sides claiming to have inflicted casualties on the other. Abdul Basir Achakzai, 611 Highway Police commander, said the Taliban wanted to storm their post on the Sangin road but the security forces offered stiff resistance and called in air ...
LASHKARGAH, Afghanistan, March 19 (Xinhua) -- Up to 20 armed militants were killed during the Afghan forces operations in Helmand province, south of Afghanistan, on Sunday, the Interior Ministry said in a statement released here Monday. "The Afghan security and defense forces launched several ...
Meanwhile, two suicide car bombers killed at least two soldiers and wounded a dozen others in southern Helmand province. In the first attack in Helmand province, Taliban fighters used a Humvee to enter an army base in Nad Ali district but were identified by soldiers and pushed away. At least two soldiers ...
Two car bombs detonated on Saturday morning leaving at least three people dead. The bombings happened in Nad Ali district and Lashkargah city of Helmand province, local officials said. Helmand provincial governor's spokesman Omar Zowak confirmed the blasts and said that three soldiers were killed, ...
LASHKARGHA (Pajhwok): Three security personnel were killed and as many wounded in two separate car bombings in southern Helmand province, an official said on Saturday. Omar Zwak, the governor's spokesman, told Pajhwok Afghan a car bomb attack hit the National Directorate of Security (NDS ...

LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): One policeman has been killed and six others injured in a suicide blast in Greshk district of southern Helmand province, a well-placed source said on Thursday. According to reliable security source the incident happened on Wednesday night in which one policeman was killed ...
Since 2014, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has been crafting a restoration plan that would require Afghanistan to help restore the flow of the Helmand, the main river feeding the former wetlands, and Iran to overhaul its water management. And last month, experts from the two nations ...
Since 2014, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has been crafting a restoration plan that would require Afghanistan to help restore the flow of the Helmand, the main river feeding the former wetlands, and Iran to overhaul its water management. And last month, experts from the two nations ...
KABUL, Feb. 20 (Xinhua) -- Up to 28 Taliban militants have been killed in southern restive province of Helmand, the Afghan Defense Ministry said Tuesday. "Twenty-eight terrorists were killed as a result of cordon operations and airstrikes in Dishu, Garmser, Marja, and Musa Qala districts of Helmand," the ...
KABUL, Feb. 20 (Xinhua) -- Up to 28 Taliban militants have been killed in southern restive province of Helmand, the Afghan Defense Ministry said Tuesday. "Twenty-eight terrorists were killed as a result of cordon operations and airstrikes in Dishu, Garmser, Marja, and Musa Qala districts of Helmand," the ...
As members of a secretive Afghan government militia, their mission on a cold February morning is to infiltrate groups of insurgent fighters along a tense frontline in the restive southern province of Helmand. As they speed along a twisting rural road past fields, orchards, and clusters of mud houses, only one ...
He added most areas in Helmand were in the Taliban control and made strong resistance against security forces. “The Taliban had been making last efforts for their presence in Helmand and some security forces suffered casualties due to recent fighting,” he added. Effective security plans had been made ...
A security force member reportedly gunned down at least 16 of his colleagues in Helmand province on Saturday evening, local officials said Sunday. Officials confirmed the attack and said it took place at a check post in Greshk district. According to local officials the suspect fled the area after gunning down his colleagues.
Officials in Afghanistan say four operatives of the national intelligence agency have gunned down their 16 colleagues before fleeing to join the Taliban insurgency in the southern Helmand province. The rare overnight “insider” attack took place at a facility linked to the National Directorate of Security or NDS ...
A government team has arrived in the southern Helmand province to assess people's complaints about presence of illegal armed men in Nad Ali district. The residents claim that illegal armed men have created problems for them. Mohammad Ayub Rafiqi, an advisor to President Ashraf Ghani who heads the ...
LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan -- Afghan police are needed to protect people and government institutions in remote districts across Afghanistan's largest province, Helmand. Instead, police officers and soldiers from the restive districts in the southern province are being deployed to protect senior officials and ...
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): with the arrival of spring, the plantation drive of sapling launched in southern Helmand province on Sunday, and official said. Governor Hayatullah Hayat said the fruit, non-fruit and ornamental trees' saplings would be planted in Lashkargah, the provincial capital and some ...
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): A mortar shell fired by security forces during a clash with militants struck a home in the Nad Ali district of southern Helmand province, killing four members of a family including two women info-icon . Haji Abdul Ahad, a relative of the family, bought the four bodies to Lashkargah, the ...
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): A mortar shell fired by security forces during a clash with militants struck a home in the Nad Ali district of southern Helmand province, killing four members of a family including two women info-icon . Haji Abdul Ahad, a relative of the family, bought the four bodies to Lashkargah, the ...
A top U.S. commander says he has seen improvement in Afghan forces' capabilities in the fight against Taliban extremists in Helmand Province since the American military returned to the troubled region nine months ago. But Marine Brigadier General Roger Turner told a Pentagon news briefing on ...
A top U.S. commander says he has seen improvement in Afghan forces' capabilities in the fight against Taliban extremists in Helmand Province since the American military returned to the troubled region nine months ago. But Marine Brigadier General Roger Turner told a Pentagon news briefing on ...
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Six security personnel were wounded on Saturday when a suicide car bomber attacked a check-post in Nad Ali district, an official said. Sarhadi Zwak, the governor's spokesman, confirmed the incident took place at around 11am. Four Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers and two ...
militants stormed their check posts in the Garamsir district of southern Helmand province, an official said Monday. The security official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, told Pajhwok Afghan News the militants attacked security check-posts in Chawghakai area late on Sunday night. He said seven ...
LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan, Jan. 18 (Xinhua) -- An insider attack against police in Afghanistan's southern Helmand province claimed the lives of nine police personnel on Thursday, a local official said. "A man in police uniform, obviously affiliated with the armed militants, opened fire on police personnel in ...
Pictured here from left to right during a transfer of authority ceremony at Camp Shorab in Helmand province, Afghanistan, on Monday, Jan. 15, 2018, is Gen. John W. Nicholson, commander of U.S. Forces - Afghanistan, Brig. Gen. Benjamin T. Watson, Task Force Southwest rotation two commander, and ...
group in the Marja district of southern Helmand province, a statement from the Spy-Network said on Monday. Headed by Naseer, the Taliban intelligence affairs in charge, the detained Taliban group was involved in terrorist activities and attacks on security forces convoys in Helmand's Marja district.
Zwak said the Taliban were trying to fuel tribal differences in Helmand and exploit the situation in their favor. Meanwhile, a tribal elder in Musa Qala district, who wished to go unnamed, said the Taliban's move to give Alizai's land to the Ishaqzai tribe would give birth to a long-running dispute between the ...
Pictured here from left to right during a transfer of authority ceremony at Camp Shorab in Helmand province, Afghanistan, on Monday, Jan. 15, 2018, is Gen. John W. Nicholson, commander of U.S. Forces - Afghanistan, Brig. Gen. Benjamin T. Watson, Task Force Southwest rotation two commander, and ...
The Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) on Sunday said that over 1900 civilians have been killed or wounded in the southern province of Helmand last year. All the victims were killed or wounded as a result of the war, including explosions and terror attacks, AIHRC site office in ...
insurgents have been killed in a clash in the Greshk district of southern Helmand province, an official said on Saturday. A reliable source, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Pajhwok Afghan News the militants attacked army check-posts in the district late on Friday. Four personnel and seven Taliban ...
have been killed in airstrikes in southern Helmand and eastern Laghman provinces, and official and a statement said on Friday. Governor spokesman Sarhadi Zwak told Pajhwok Afghan News Afghan Air Force (AAF) targeted militants' safe havens in the Alingar district of Laghman on Thursday evening.
attack in Nawa district of southern Helmand province, officials said Thursday. The district police chief, Capt. Amanullah, told Pajhwok Afghan News that Taliban militants stormed a police post in Chahar Qulfan area of Nawa district on Wednesday night. He said six policemen were killed and two civilians ...
Earlier, in late December, at least 17 militants, belonging to the Taliban">Taliban insurgent group, were killed, in a joint operation by the Afghan air forces and ground forces in southern Helmand province. "The forces had also seized weapons during the operation," Provincial governor spokesperson Omar ...
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): At least two people were killed and four other wounded in a roadside bomb in the Washir district of the southern Helmand province, and official said on Wednesday. Omar Zwak, the governor's spokesman, told Pajhwok Afghan News the incident occurred at around 1:00pm in ...
insurgents have hanged a man to death on murder charges in the Nawzad district of southern Helmand province, the militant group said on Saturday. Qari Yousuf Ahmadi, the Taliban spokesman, said the slain individual named Mohammad Dawood had killed two men, one of them Mohammad Ewaz, and ...
LASHKARGAH/MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): Airstrikes destroyed three heroin-making factories allegedly run by Taliban info-icon militants in the Kajaki district of southern Helmand province last night, officials said Thursday. A statement from the Helmand governor's house said the drugs processing ...
Over 2,000 Taliban fighters were killed and wounded during the course of last year in Helmand province, local officials said on Monday. Provincial governor ... “There are no job opportunities for the people in Helmand, therefore some people join the Taliban,” said Attaullah Afghan, chairman of Helmand's provincial council.
Over 2,000 Taliban fighters were killed and wounded during the course of last year in Helmand province, local officials said on Monday. Provincial governor ... “There are no job opportunities for the people in Helmand, therefore some people join the Taliban,” said Attaullah Afghan, chairman of Helmand's provincial council.


 

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