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Can Afghan Forces Manage Alone in Helmand?

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IWPR, 4 January 2012
The Kabul-based agency reports people’s perceptions of the security handover in three districts in Helmand. One resident quotes says that the handover was ‘a good thing but had come too soon for Helmand, where the Taleban were fully in control of some areas while the government only held major urban centres in others’. Others say that after Lashkar Gah was handed over, it was hit by a number of suicide attacks, so the withdrawal of foreign troops from rural districts is likely to allow the Taleban to move back into areas from which they were partly or wholly expelled.


Helmand Taleban