Taliban on brink of taking key Afghan city as residents told to flee

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Officials confirm all but one district of Lashkar Gah is under hardline Islamists’ control after fierce fighting

Taliban fighters appeared to be on the brink of overrunning the key Afghan provincial capital of Lashkar Gah, as officials confirmed all but one district of the city was under the hardline Islamists’ control and residents were ordered to evacuate.

Majid Akhund, the deputy chairman of the Helmand provincial council, said the Taliban had taken control of nine Lashkar Gah districts, as the Afghan government and US aircraft pounded their positions with strikes.

Continue reading… Source: The Guardian

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