World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search


Afghan, NATO Forces Advance On Taliban-held Town

Afghan and NATO Forces Advance on Taliban-Held Town

Afghan and NATO forces are moving in on Musa Qala in southern Helmand province as part of an operation to retake control of the town from the Taliban.

Afghanistan's Defense Ministry says the joint force of mostly British and Afghan troops are advancing on the town Sunday, and already have captured two senior Taliban commanders.

Taliban sources say insurgents have taken strong positions inside Musa Qala in preparation for the assault.

Afghan defense officials say ground forces killed 12 militants at the start of the operation late Friday. Two children and a British soldier were also killed in the fighting.

Taliban militants overran Musa Qala in February, after British troops withdrew and handed over security responsibilities to local elders.

In Kabul Sunday, British Defense Secretary Des Browne met with Afghan Defense Minister Abdul Rahim Wardak before flying to the western city of Herat.


More: Latest World News | Top World News | World Digest | Archives

© Scoop Media

World Headlines


Rohingya Muslims Massacred: Restrictions On Aid Put 1000s At Risk

Amnesty: The Myanmar authorities’ restrictions on international aid in Rakhine state is putting tens of thousands of lives at risk in a region where mainly Rohingya people are already suffering horrific abuses from a disproportionate military campaign. More>>


Werewolf: Gordon Campbell On North Korea, Neo-Nazism, And Milo

With a bit of luck the planet won’t be devastated by nuclear war in the next few days. US President Donald Trump will have begun to fixate on some other way to gratify his self-esteem – maybe by invading Venezuela or starting a war with Iran. More>>


Victory Declared: New Stabilisation Funding From NZ As Mosul Is Retaken

New Zealand has congratulated the Iraqi government on the successful liberation of Mosul from ISIS after a long and hard-fought campaign. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Current US Moves Against North Korea

If Martians visited early last week, they’d probably be scratching their heads as to why North Korea was being treated as a potential trigger for global conflict... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Lessons From Corbyn’s Campaign

Leaving partisan politics aside – and ignoring Jeremy Corbyn’s sensational election campaign for a moment – it has to be said that Britain is now really up shit creek... More>>


  • Pacific.Scoop
  • Cafe Pacific
  • PMC