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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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The U.S. military announced this month that 300 Marines would return in the spring to Helmand province, two years after leaving it in the hands of Afghan troops.
An easy-in, easy-out lunch version of the Helmand restaurant in Mount Vernon opened this week in East Baltimore. The Karzai family, which has run the Helmand since 1989, did a soft opening of the Helmand Kabobi on Jan. 11 and opened to the public this ...
At the request of U.S. Central Command and U.S. Forces-Afghanistan, approximately 300 Marines will deploy to Helmand province, Afghanistan in Spring 2017 in support of the NATO-led Resolute Support mission.
A number of policewomen in Helmand province have called on officials to provide security to them and their families. The policewomen said however that no threats can prevent them from doing their work but that they have recently had to deal with ...
A US airstrike killed several top leaders of the Taliban jihadist group in the southern Afghan province of Helmand, local media reported on Sunday.
Last week, as the mainstream media continued to obsess over the CIA's evidence-free claim that the Russians hacked the presidential election, President Barack Obama quietly sent 300 U.S.
Nicholson said the Taliban "receive much of their funding from the narcotics trafficking that occurs out of Helmand," adding that "there's a nexus here between the insurgency and criminal networks that's occurring in Helmand that makes Helmand such a ...
The history of Marines in Helmand has not yet been recorded and compiled. It isn't told in battles, nor days, like wars past.
An Afghan official says that atleast seven people have been killed when a suicide bomber, who was on foot, carried out an attack in the southern Helmand province. Gen. Agha Noor Kemtoz, the provincial police chief, said that the target of the attack ...
At least seven people were killed after a suicide bomber detonated his explosives outside a National Directorate of Security (NDS) office in PD2 Lashkargah city in Helmand on Tuesday, officials said. According to the provincial police chief Aqa Noor ...
The Taliban also claimed a suicide bombing earlier in the day that killed seven people in Lashkar Gah, the provincial capital of Helmand province in southern Afghanistan, said Gen. Agha Noor Kemtoz, the provincial police chief. The bomber, who was on ...
In 2009 and again in 2011 I deployed to Helmand as part of the surge, which sent 30,000 additional troops charging into Afghanistan, an event which was supposed to end the war, but even with the massive influx of troops and an uptick in operational ...
The U.S. Marines will deploy a 300-person task force to southwestern Afghanistan this spring to help local security forces beat back Taliban gains in the restive Helmand province. The deployment will last nine months, marking the first in what's ...
The testimonies, gathered mostly from southern Helmand but also neighboring Uruzgan and northern Baghlan Province, offered a disquieting postscript to my first investigation.
Kabul, Afghanistan - The United States announced it will send some 300 Marines to Afghanistan's opium-rich Helmand province to train, advise and assist local forces fighting the Taliban, officials said - a move greeted with some skepticism by Afghans.
About 300 US Marines will deploy to Afghanistan's embattled southern Helmand province as part of a NATO mission to train and advise local forces - a move that the Taliban said it was a challenge that it welcomed.
the Pentagon will deploy a new task force of approximately 300 US Marines to Afghanistan's restive Helmand province. The forces will be deployed this spring to advise the Afghan Army and police, senior Marine officers say.
The move puts Americans back in a combat role in Helmand province, where Marines fought for more than a decade before they were withdrawn in 2014.
Previously Marines had served in the southwest Taliban stronghold of Helmand, while a team of advisers also worked in Lashkar Gah, Helmand's capital. Love told Military.com that the service has "had advisers in Afghanistan ever since we concluded our ...
The Marine Corps will send a new task force of military advisers to southern Afghanistan's restive Helmand province this spring, returning to a region where tens of thousands of Marines fought during the Obama administration and hundreds were killed.
Approximately 300 Marines will deploy to Helmand province in southern Afghanistan this spring, the Marine Corps announced Friday.
U.S. Marines with Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 2d Marine Regiment, greet a member of the Afghanistan National army (ANA) as he takes his post aboard Camp Leatherneck, Helmand province, Afghanistan on October 27, 2014. The ANA will took command ...
About 300 U.S. Marines will be sent to southern Afghanistan this spring to help Afghan Security Forces locked in a bitter battle against the Taliban, according to the Pentagon.
(FILES) This file photo taken on June 24, 2010 shows soldiers of A Company from the 1st Battalion of Royal Gurkha rifles resting and keeping watch during a patrol in Nahr e Saraj village in Helmand. AFP / BAY ISMOYO. RSS; Follow; email; Print; Share.
Although they don't look it, you have to be over 18 to serve as a soldier with the British Army in Helmand province. For London-born artist Mark Neville, who was in Afghanistan in 2011, the issue was to take photographs that avoided the cliches of war ...
Earlier this year, Muhammad Ikhlas, a farmer from the southern Afghan province of Helmand, made a nerve-wracking journey across the front line of fighting between government forces and the Taliban.
Battles between security forces and Taliban also continued in some strategic locations in the southern province of Helmand and suburbs of provincial capital Lashkargah.
According to Radmanesh, clashes are ongoing between security forces and Taliban in parts of Helmand, Faryab, Baghlan, Kunduz, Badakhshan and many other provinces and that protecting civilians has slowed down the pace of operations.
Zakir was subsequently released from Afghan prison for no apparent reason and returned to the Afghan battlefield as a senior commander.
The Hamouns are a series of shallow marsh lakes in southwest Afghanistan and southeast Iran, constituting three lakes: Hamoun-e Helmand, which is entirely in Iran; Hamoun-e Sabari on the border; and Hamoun-e Puzak, which is almost entirely inside ...
Kabul- Afghan security forces faced a tough year ahead on Monday as Taliban began the new year with another onslaught in Afghanistan's embattled southern Helmand province, where fighting continued for the third day, authorities and locals said.
Afghan policemen dismount from a truck during a patrol in Helmand province on Sept. 23, 2014. Afghan security forces have struggled to keep control of Helmand, which is part of the Taliban's spiritual homeland. police have been more engaged in fighting ...
Kabul - Almeno 14 talebani sono stati uccisi nelle ultime ore nei combattimenti in corso nel distretto di Sangin della provincia meridionale afghana di Helmand. Lo ha reso noto oggi il ministero della Difesa a Kabul. In un comunicato si precisa che ...
Its primary goal was to help the struggling Afghan government gain control over Marjah, a remote Taliban stronghold in the southern province of Helmand. It was also a test case for a bold new state-building tactic: delivering security, health services ...
Afghan policemen dismount from a truck during a patrol in Helmand province on Sept. 23, 2014. Afghan security forces have struggled to keep control of Helmand, which is part of the Taliban's spiritual homeland. police have been more engaged in fighting ...
Earlier on Sunday, the Afghan Interior Ministry claimed 49 insurgents were killed and 16 others wounded in an operation in the eastern provinces of Helmand, Nangrahar and Paktika, near the Pakistan border. Ministry sources said five Afghan Army ...
The operations, according to the ministry's statement, covered parts of Zabul, Helmand, Paktiya, Logar, Oruzgan, Kandahar, Herat, Nangarhar, Sar-e-Pul, Faryab, Kunduz and Takhar provinces during which 31 more militants have been wounded and 16 ...
He gave ultimate sacrifice while serving his country and his service will never be forgotten. Eight years ago on New Year's Day, Serjeant Chris Reed, from Plymouth, known as 'Reedy', was killed while on a vehicle patrol in the Garmsir district of ...
Recently, a newly appointed chief of police in Helmand has stated that out of some ten thousands police, he was able to verify the existence of only some five thousands in the province.
Earlier on Sunday, the Afghan Interior Ministry claimed 49 insurgents were killed and 16 others wounded in an operation in the eastern provinces of Helmand, Nangrahar and Paktika, near the Pakistan border. Ministry sources said five Afghan Army ...
34 insurgents Killed Across The Country: MoD. The operations were conducted in Nangarhar, Logar, Ghazni, Zabul, Kandahar, Uruzgan, Herat, Farah, Faryab, Kunduz and Helmand provinces. At least 34 insurgents were killed and 26 others were wounded in ...
Helmand-Kandahar Road Closure Enters 4th Day. A number of Helmand residents said the Taliban has destroyed majority of bridges along Kandahar-Helmand road. The closure of Helmand-Kandahar Highway for the past four days - due to the presence of ...
Afghan policemen dismount from a truck during a patrol in Helmand province on Sept. 23, 2014. Afghan security forces have struggled to keep control of Helmand, which is part of the Taliban's spiritual homeland. police have been more engaged in fighting ...
Sam Siatta was deep in a tequila haze, so staggeringly drunk that he would later say he retained no memory of the crime he was beginning to commit.


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