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    Afghan Special Operations Forces Seize Taliban Revenue in Helmand



    Story by Cmdr. Lesley Lykins 

    Resolute Support Headquarters

    “Operations like this, which would not have occurred a year ago, showcase the growing capabilities of the Afghan Commandos,” said Gen. John Nicholson, NATO Resolute Support commander. “This success demonstrates the mounting military pressure on the Taliban. They can not win.”

    Discovery of this narcotics production facility comes three weeks after the citizens of Lashkar Gah launched a large-scale protest to the Mar. 23 Taliban attack that killed more than a dozen Afghans during a wrestling match in Helmand’s provincial capital. The Lashkar Gah protest instigated a chain reaction with protests in more than 17 provinces calling for the Taliban to join the Afghan-led peace process.

    “Such a groundswell applies social pressure at the same time as we apply military pressure,” said Nicholson. “This movement and the fact that over 87%-90% of the Afghan people reject the Taliban proves that this is not a popular insurgency.”

    Resolute Support is a NATO-led, non-combat mission. It was launched on January 1, 2015, following the conclusion of the previous NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) mission, and the assumption of full security responsibility by the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF). Its purpose is to help the Afghan security forces and institutions develop the capacity to defend Afghanistan and protect its citizens in a sustainable manner.



    Date Taken: 04.22.2018
    Date Posted: 04.27.2018 05:05
    Story ID: 274029
    Location: AF

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