LASHKAR GAH- Afghan government forces, backed by NATO air strikes, have regained control of a key district in volatile Helmand province after days of fierce fighting with Taliban insurgents, provincial officials said on Sunday.
The fall of Musa Qala in Helmand to the Taliban on Wednesday put government forces under more pressure than at any time since most NATO combat troops withdrew at the end of last year, with no sign of violence abating. ∞∞∞∞∞ MORE »»»»
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34km (21mi) WSW of Ashkasham, Afghanistan
43km (27mi) WSW of Ishkashim, Tajikistan
50km (31mi) SE of Jarm, Afghanistan
86km (53mi) SE of Fayzabad, Afghanistan
287km (178mi) NE of Kabul, Afghanistan
Kabul: A senior Afghan government official says that the CIA and the NDS knew that Mullah Omar was dead but the Taliban themselves broke the news on Wednesday because of a dispute over who would have the final say with regards to peace talks. The news of the Taliban leader’s death came only two days before the second round of peace talks were scheduled to take place in Pakistan.
According to the government source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, Mullah Omar’s death had not been a secret. He said both Afghanistan’s National Directorate of Security (NDS) and the United State’s CIA knew about the Taliban leader’s death but that they had not had any proof to support the claims.
On the issue of peace talks, the source said that Taliban political leaders are in support of the initiative but that militia commanders are opposed to the move. He said that Taliban commanders who have been fighting for money are the ones opposed to peace. ∞∞∞∞∞ SEE MORE ∞∞∞∞∞