Over 150 Killed in Week of Fighting in Southern Afghanistan

35 Civilians Among the Slain in Sangin District Clashes

Local officials have reported five days worth heavy fighting in southern Afghanistan’s Helmand Province, with at least 100 Taliban slain, along with 35 civilians and 21 Afghan troops.

The fighting, centered on the Sangin District, is over strategically important territory on the Pakistan border, and has displaced over 2,000 families to surrounding areas.

The fight is being put forward by Afghan officials as the first real test for the Afghan military in fighting on its own without direct US military support. So far the US has not sent warplanes.

The death toll is being disputed by the Taliban, as usual. They are insisting roughly the same number of civilians, but scores of dead Afghan troops and only 2 slain Taliban fighters.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for Antiwar.com. He has 20 years of experience in foreign policy research and his work has appeared in The American Conservative, Responsible Statecraft, Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press.