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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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Helmand is a longtime Taliban stronghold and one of the country's most restive provinces - in recent weeks, a Taliban offensive on the provincial capital has cut the city off and led to hundreds of deaths.
Kabul: The Afghan Taliban have released aerial footage of a suicide car bombing in southern Helmand province, marking the first time the media-savvy militant group has used a drone to record an attack.
A few days ago, Dr. Zanidin Amin sent his seven children and the rest of his family back to their hometown of Marjah, a district outside Lashkar Gah, the capital of southern Afghanistan's Helmand province. Their house in the capital had been hit by ...

Nevertheless, Afghan security officials and the governor of Helmand have recently stated that investigations are in progress against ANSF officials who deliberately left their weapons and vehicles behind for the Tehreek-e-Taliban Afghanistan (TTA) in ...
Afghan farmers harvest opium in Helmand province, which has the country's highest level of cultivation. Photograph: Abdul Khaliq/AP.
Nai, a leading press freedom organization, revealed Monday journalists have not been immune to the crisis. Nai's Media Watch Director Sidiqullah Tawhidi said as many as 200 journalists had to flee their homes in Helmand and Kunduz. Tawhidi said Nai has ...
Plymouth author David Reynolds (below), a retired Lieutenant Colonel who served three tours in Afghanistan with the Parachute Regiment, said that after diplomats demanded removal of Helmand's regional governor and his armed militia it left thousands of ...
The most bored I've ever been in my life was as a Marine in Helmand province, Afghanistan. It was 2009 and I was a POG assigned to a POG unit.
This past June, an American NPR journalist named David Gilkey and his Afghan translator and fixer, Zabihullah Tamanna, were killed on assignment in Marjah, a district of Afghanistan's expansive and volatile Helmand province. Tamanna's death was a ...
Lashkar Gah, Afghanistan: Afghan government troops say they have fought Taliban forces to a standstill outside the capital of southern Helmand province, but the city remains surrounded after the insurgents launched one of their most brazen offensives.
THOUSANDS of armed Afghan militia joined the Taliban just weeks before the first British troops arrived in southern Afghanistan after Foreign Office mandarins ignored warnings from US counterparts and demanded the removal of Helmand's governor.
In this April 21, 2014 file photo, Afghan farmers harvest opium, in Helmand province, Afghanistan. For the past month, the Taliban have held control over most of Afghanistan?

At least 14 people were killed in a suicide car bombing attack in Afghanistan's capital of southern Helmand province as the Taliban attempted to enter Lashkargah city.
It was claimed by the Islamic State. Tuesday's attack came as Afghanistan deployed hundreds of commandos backed by NATO airstrikes in Lashkar Gah to drive Taliban insurgents from the southern city after their latest attempt to seize the capital of ...
"More than 300 commandos ... have been deployed to the city to prevent Taliban advancement," said Abdul Jabar Qahraman, government special envoy for security in Helmand. A NATO spokesman said at least two airstrikes had been carried out in Helmand ...
Kabul (Alliance News) - Taliban fighters launched an attack on the capital of Af. ghanistan's embattled southern province of Helmand, closing in on the already besieged city, officials said on Monday. Alliance News ...
Afghan police officer: Suicide Car Bomber in Southern Helmand City of Lashkar Gah Kills 14, Including 10 Policemen. By The Associated Press.
Kabul - When Taliban fighters penetrated the capital of Helmand province for the first time Monday, killing at least 14 people in a suicide bombing and related attacks, it was their most successful assault to date on the strategic southern city and ...
Associated Press. Kandahar, Afghanistan (AP) - A suicide car bombing killed 14 people, including 10 Afghan police officers, as the Taliban launched a large-scale attack Monday on the capital in southern Helmand province, the heartland of the insurgency.
The Afghan Taliban have launched a major assault on the strategically important city of Lashkar Gah. The city of 200,000 people is the capital of Helmand province, parts of which have been seized back by the militant group. The new assault is their ...
The most bored I've ever been in my life was as a Marine in Helmand province, Afghanistan. It was 2009 and I was a POG assigned to a POG unit.
In this Oct. 4 photograph, an Afghan soldier keeps watch during an ongoing battle between Taliban militants and Afghan security forces in Helmand province. Intensified fighting has killed 100s and forced 1000s to flee to Lashkar Gah, one of the last ...
This past June, an American NPR journalist named David Gilkey and his Afghan translator and fixer, Zabihullah Tamanna, were killed on assignment in Marjah, a district of Afghanistan's expansive and volatile Helmand province. Tamanna's death was a ...
government forces in Afghanistan are reporting progress against Taliban fighters around a key city in the south. They say they have pushed back insurgents outside Lashkar Gah, the capital of Helmand province, with the help of U.S. airstrikes. One ...
Lashkar Gah, Afghanistan: Afghan government troops say they have fought Taliban forces to a standstill outside the capital of southern Helmand province, but the city remains surrounded after the insurgents launched one of their most brazen offensives.
The Afghanistan journalists Safety Committee (AJSC) has provided emergency assistance to more than 80 journalists across Kunduz, Helmand and Farah provinces in the past weeks. AJSC is committed to supporting media workers across the country, and ...
Within an hour, the Americans had marshaled an armed Predator drone in the skies over the battle in Helmand province in southern Afghanistan.
THOUSANDS of armed Afghan militia joined the Taliban just weeks before the first British troops arrived in southern Afghanistan after Foreign Office mandarins ignored warnings from US counterparts and demanded the removal of Helmand's governor.
It was claimed by the Islamic State. Tuesday's attack came as Afghanistan deployed hundreds of commandos backed by NATO airstrikes in Lashkar Gah to drive Taliban insurgents from the southern city after their latest attempt to seize the capital of ...
A NATO spokesman said at least two airstrikes had been carried out in Helmand on Monday defending Afghan troops. The Taliban have waged an insurgency against the western-backed Kabul government since being toppled from power by a US-led ...
Tuesday`s attack came as Afghanistan deployed hundreds of commandos backed by NATO air strikes in Lashkar Gah to drive Taliban insurgents from the southern city after their latest attempt to seize the capital of Helmand province. "More than 300 ...
Lashkar Gah, Afghanistan (askanews) - In Afghanistan si riaccende la battaglia per il controllo della provincia di Helmand, la regione del papavero da oppio, nel sud del paese. Al momento, all'indomani di una nuova offensiva dei talebani, l'esercito ...
The Afghan Taliban have launched a major assault on the strategically important city of Lashkar Gah. The city of 200,000 people is the capital of Helmand province, parts of which have been seized back by the militant group. The new assault is their ...
Kandahar, Afghanistan (AP) - An Afghan police official says at least 14 people have been killed in a suicide car bombing in the capital of southern Helmand province. Haji Marjan says the attack happened on Monday in the city of Lashkar Gah. He says 10 ...
Smoke rises after a suicide attack in Lashkar Gah the capital of southern Helmand province of Afghanistan, Monday, Oct. 10, 2016.
Kabul - When Taliban fighters penetrated the capital of Helmand province for the first time Monday, killing at least 14 people in a suicide bombing and related attacks, it was their most successful assault to date on the strategic southern city and ...
analyse De Taliban breiden hun najaarsoffensief in Afghanistan uit. Vandaag opende de radicale islamistische beweging de aanval op de hoofdstad van de zuidelijke provincie Helmand. Vorige week vielen de Taliban Kunduz opnieuw aan, en ruim een ...
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Kabul (Alliance News) - Taliban fighters launched an attack on the capital of Af. ghanistan's embattled southern province of Helmand, closing in on the already besieged city, officials said on Monday. Alliance News ...
In this photograph taken on October 9, 2016, Afghan National Army commandos take position during a military operation in Helmand province. / AFP / NOOR MOHAMMAD. RSS; Follow; email; Print; Share. Associated Press. loading ... you've reached a ...
Afghan police officer: Suicide Car Bomber in Southern Helmand City of Lashkar Gah Kills 14, Including 10 Policemen. By The Associated Press.
A suicide car bombing killed 14 people, including 10 Afghan police officers, as the Taliban launched a large-scale attack Monday on the capital in southern Helmand province, the heartland of the insurgency. Since the beginning of this year's fighting ...
A statement associated to the Farah Provincial Shura president claimed that Farah would soon fall to the Taliban if the government did not send reinforcements.
Up to 86 armed insurgents have been killed in clash with government forces in the besieged southern Helmand province over the past 48 hours, said a statement of provincial government released on Sunday.
... the war against drugs is steadily being lost. The province of Helmand produces two thirds of Afghanistan's opium, and was the frontline of the war on drugs.


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