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Taliban fighters reach heart of Helmand as foreign forces withdraw

BBC, 02 Aug 2021
The Taliban has intensified its nationwide offensive across Afghanistan, threatening to seize three major cities, including the provincial capital of Helmand Province, where British forces had for several years provided security.

Afghan Government troops have been struggling to contain the militants, after the announcement that most of the US-led foreign forces in the country will be leaving next month.

The Taliban is on the verge of overrunning the city of Lashkar Gah in the south, and there's fierce fighting in Kandahar and Herat in the west.

Clive Myrie presents BBC News at Ten reporting by Lyse Doucet in the Afghan capital Kabul.

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