* Taliban launched an offensive in Afghanistan’s Helmand province on Monday
* It comes two days after US forces handed control of Helmand base to army
* Afghan forces fought back against the offensive, which continued into Tuesday
* Afghan defence ministry said just more than 100 Taliban fighters had been killed
Afghan security forces fought back a huge Taliban offensive just two days after United States forces handed control of a local base back to the country’s army.
The Taliban launched a massive offensive in Afghanistan’s Helmand province on Monday while fighting continued the next day, officials and residents claimed on Tuesday.
Afghan security forces fought back against the offensive just two days after a handover ceremony, which saw US forces give control of Antonik camp in Helmand to the Afghan National Army (ANA).
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Update #1: Taliban launches major Afghan offensive after deadline for U.S. pullout — Reuters
Update #2: Taliban launches massive offensive after missed deadline for US troop withdrawal — The Hill
WNU Editor: These numbers are only going to increase as the war expands …. Thousands of Afghans flee as fighting erupts after US troop withdrawal begins (The Guardian).