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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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4, Moulavi Rahimullah, the Taliban's military commander for the souther provinces of Kandahar, Helmand, Uruzgan, and Daikundi, said that his forces had the district center surrounded.
Naz Bibi is one of the IDPs who fled her native area in Lashkar Gah, the capital of southern Helmand province because of war and sought refuge in the capital Kabul.
The bombing comes just days after the UN voiced alarm over the killing of 25 civilians in the escalating conflict in southern Helmand province, most of them in US air strikes. An American bombardment in Helmand's Sangin district last week killed 18 ...
In a traffic accident Friday afternoon in Helmand-Kandahar Highway five people were killed and 24 other were wounded, sources said.
family members of victims at the regional hospital in Helmand's capital, Lashkar Gah, demanded explanations for the deaths - the first reported civilian casualties caused by US forces in Afghanistan since US president Donald Trump took office last month.
Civilians, mostly women and children, were killed last week in air raids by NATO forces in Afghanistan's Helmand province, an initial United Nations inquiry suggested.
Civilians, mostly women and children, were killed last week in air raids by Coalition Forces in Afghanistan's Helmand province, an initial United Nations inquiry suggested.
Bij luchtaanvallen door de internationale troepenmacht in Afghanistan zijn afgelopen week in de provincie Helmand zeker 18 burgers om het leven gekomen, zegt de VN in een verklaring. De slachtoffers zouden vooral vrouwen en kinderen zijn. Afghaanse ...
Hundreds of international troops are stationed in Helmand as part of the NATO-led effort to train and support Afghan security forces, which have struggled to contain a growing insurgency.
A suicide bomber killed seven people and wounded 20 others outside a bank in the capital city of Afghanistan's Helmand province on Saturday, the governor's office said.
Kabul [Afghanistan], Feb 11 (ANI): At least 60 Taliban insurgents have been killed in a series of air strikes in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province. The insurgents were planning to launch a major attack on Sanging district. The provincial ...
Mohammad Karim Atal, the head of the Helmand provincial council, reported at least 23 casualties, including some people killed.
Kandahar, Afghanistan (AP) - An Afghan official says at least seven people were killed when a suicide bomber attacked Afghan soldiers in southern Helmand province. Omer Zwak, spokesman for the provincial governor in Helmand, said Saturday that 22 ...
We have learned with great sorrow that, many people, including civilians, were killed and injured today (11 February) at the provincial center of Helmand in Afghanistan, as a result of a suicide attack targeting members of the Afghan National Security ...
Kabul, Afghanistan - U.S. airstrikes authorized after two American soldiers were wounded in southern Helmand province's hotly contested Sangin district on Thursday may have killed as many as 25 civilians, officials said.
Officials confirmed on Friday that 11 members of one family, including eight men and three women, were killed when a rocket hit their house in Sangin district on Thursday night.
Jonathon Goldberg, who led Blackman's defence team, said that out of 900 men involved in the operation in Helmand province, seven were killed and 45 were seriously injured.
Marine Gunnery Sgt. Ralph E. Pate Jr., 29, Mullins; June 26, 2011, while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.
"We have suffered casualties in Helmand in our advising capacity this year," Nicholson said in response to questions from Sen. Joni Ernst, an Iowa Republican who served in Iraq with Army National Guard.
Last year the Taliban briefly took parts of the northern city of Kunduz, and is still threatening the city of Lashkar Gah in Helmand province. The capital has also seen an increase in attacks. A suicide bombing in the parking lot of the Supreme Court ...
Sgt. Alexander Blackman was sentenced to a minimum of 10 years by a military court in 2013 for the September 2011 killing in Helmand province. Footage from another marine's helmet camera showed Blackman shooting the militant in the chest at close ...
Kabul [Afghanistan]: At least six Taliban insurgents were killed in an airstrike carried out in Afghanistan's southern Helmand province by U.S. forces based in Afghanistan. The provincial government media office in a statement said the airstrike was ...
Kabul [Afghanistan], Feb.7 (ANI): At least six Taliban insurgents were killed in an airstrike carried out in Afghanistan's southern Helmand province by U.S. forces based in Afghanistan. The provincial government media office in a statement said the ...
Iraqi interpreters, for example, are perceived as having been given a much more favorable resettlement package. Flanked by a former defense attache to Kabul and a former journalist who covered the UK's bloody war in Helmand, Hottak said that regardless ...
Sgt. Alexander Blackman was sentenced to a minimum of 10 years by a military court in 2013 for the September 2011 killing in Helmand province. Footage from another marine's helmet camera showed Blackman shooting the militant in the chest at close ...
For the last one year, I have been appointed as zonal in-charge of Military Commission for Kandahar, Helmand, Uruzgan and Daikundi provinces.
Peshawar: Both President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr Abdullah are focusing attention on Helmand province where the security situation is fragile due to almost non-stop Taliban attacks.
The Helmand governor's media office on Saturday said in a statement that Afghan Security Forces have pushed back insurgents from Garmsir district of Helmand province. The statement indicated that insurgents had attacked Garmsir district from a number ...
Helmand, the largest of 34 Afghan provinces, has seen the fiercest fighting during the last 15 years of war. Most of the province is under Taliban control, with the government only holding the provincial capital, Lashkar Gah, and a few surrounding ...
The Ministry of Defence has released helmet camera footage capturing the run up to the controversial 'Marine A' killing of a wounded Taliban fighter.
Screengrab taken from a video issued by the Ministry of Defence of footage, captured on a camera mounted on a helmet of another Royal Marine, moments before an Afghan insurgent was shot in Helmand, as Sergeant Alexander Blackman who is serving life ...
Elsewhere in Afghanistan, an insurgent rocket attack killed a civilian in the southern Helmand province, which has seen heavy fighting in recent months.
Elsewhere in Afghanistan, an insurgent rocket attack killed a civilian in the southern Helmand province, which has seen heavy fighting in recent months.
The region with the most districts under insurgent control or influence is centered on northeast Helmand province and northwestern Kandahar province, and includes the Helmand/Kandahar border area, Uruzgan Province, and northwestern Zabul. This region ...
About 300 Marines are preparing to train Afghan troops and national police in marksmanship, indirect fire and small-unit tactics when they deploy to Helmand province this spring, officials said. According to the Marine Corps Times, the Marines will ...
Lashkar Gah, Afghanistan (Reuters) - Afghan forces said they were holding off a Taliban offensive in Helmand province on Tuesday, as reinforcements and air support arrived.
At the centre of the original court martial in 2013 was footage taken from another marine's head-cam showing the incident, which took place in Helmand six years ago. Still images and audio were released at the time but the Ministry of Defence ...
... of people, and it is really difficult for the Afghan National Army at the moment," Nagieb told REWIND. "The US actually just decided that they would send 600 troops to Helmand again, and this is after they said that the war was over." Source: Al ...
Kabul, Afghanistan - American airstrikes hit Taliban positions in an embattled district of Helmand province in southern Afghanistan on Tuesday after the militants tunneled under an army post and set off explosives, causing heavy casualties, Afghan ...
Mr Baron, who resigned from a shadow cabinet position in 2003 over Britain's invasion of Iraq, has also opposed action in Helmand, Libya and Syria. The former army captain welcomed the Prime Minister's promise to end "the days of Britain and America ...
Kabul 30 January 2017 - The Ministry of public health, WHO and UNICEF launched today the first polio subnational immunization days campaign of 2017.
In October, the Taliban claimed to have used a drone to record a suicide attack in Helmand province for propaganda purposes.
Mr Baron, who resigned from a shadow cabinet position in 2003 over Britain's invasion of Iraq, has also opposed action in Helmand, Libya and Syria. The former army captain welcomed the Prime Minister's promise to end "the days of Britain and America ...
Para pejabat Afghanistan dan pemberontak telah memberi klaim yang bertentangan mengenai pertempuran hari Senin (30/1) di daerah Sangin, Helmand, yang terbesar dari 34 provinsi Afghanistan. Juru bicara pemerintah provinsi Omar Zwak mengatakan ...
A police officer scans for Taliban fighters across the Helmand River in Lashkar Gah, Afghanistan. [Steve Chao/Al Jazeera]. An ambulance brings a young gunshot victim to the emergency hospital in Lashkar Gah, Afghanistan.
Provincial government spokesman tells VOA insurgents assaulted multiple security outposts in Sangin district, but Afghan forces repulsed Taliban.
An Orangeburg-based attorney and decorated U.S. Army Reserve infantry officer and Ranger (Airborne), Connor is a former senior U.S.
"The level of violence against women has not been reduced in Helmand; rather, it has increased due to insecurity. And a large number of women have little access to women's affairs services in government," said Shogufa Anwari, a women's rights activist ...


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