Today US-led NATO forces have conveyed that, an American soldier was killed during an anti-Taliban operation near the capital of the southern Afghan province of Helmand. Yesterday the information comes following NATO declared the deployment of around 100 US troops to Lashkar Gah to help head off a latent Taliban take over as hostility intensifies.
It clear the initial major American deployment to the southern city since foreign forces withdrew from the opium-expansion province in 2014. “Today one US service associates died as a result of wounds continued during processes near Lashkar Gah in Helmand,” the coalition conveyed, adding that an additional American and six Afghan soldiers were injured. NATO have also further conveyed without naming the soldier that, the service associate was killed conducting train, advise, assist activities with Afghan counterparts under NATO authorities when their patrol triggered an Improvised Explosive Device.
Hostility has presently escalated in the opium-expansion province of Helmand, with insurgents coming within little kilometres of Lashkar Gah – increasing fears the city itself was at danger of lessening. In Afghanistan the turmoil convulsing Helmand, devastated by a huge opium harvest that helps fund the rebellion, underscores a quickly unravelling security circumstances.
Fighting has left thousands of people displaced in Helmand in current weeks, flashing a humanitarian crisis as officials account food and water shortages. In December 2014, NATO formally concluded its combat mission, but US forces were decided greater powers in June to strike at the insurgents as President Barack Obama vowed a more violent campaign.
The US intervention has fuelled the insight that foreign powers are ever more being drawn back into the conflict as Afghan forces struggle to rein in the Taliban. The fighting in Helmand comes as Afghan troops are stretched on several other battlefronts across Afghanistan counting the eastern region of Nangarhar where the Islamic State group is making inroads.