Entries in Helmand Province (3)


14 Dead After Roadside Bomb in Helmand Province

Photo Courtesy -- ABC News(KABUL, Afghanistan) – Fourteen people are dead and four are injured in the Helmand province of Afghanistan after a roadside bomb exploded, hitting a minivan.

Afghan National Security and International Security Forces were on hand to evacuate the wounded and provide medical attention.

The insurgent attack was carried out in a crowded area of Nahr-e Saraj. The dead include women and children according to the ISAF/NATO statement.

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Britain's Prince William Visits Afghanistan

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan) -- Britain's Prince William visited Camp Bastion in Afghanistan's Helmand Province on Sunday, which Britons refer to as "Remembrance Sunday."  It is much like Veterans Day in the U.S., a time to honor those who have served in the nation's wars.  It is typically held on the closest Sunday to Nov. 11, to mark the anniversary of the end of World War I. 

The Prince and Britain's Defense Secretary, Liam Fox, visited the camp, which is Britain's main operating base in Afghanistan, where it is part of the coalition led by the U.S. in fighting the insurgency that supports al Qaeda. 

William's brother, Prince Harry, served with his military unit in Afghanistan about three years ago, until his whereabouts were revealed in the media.  He was then sent home because officials feared knowledge of his whereabouts could endanger his fellow troops.  He is expected to return to fight in Afghanistan next year. 

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NATO Probing Reports an Afghan Soldier Shot Two US Marines

Marine, Afghan Recruit in Sangin, Photo Courtesy - Defense Dept.(KABUL, Afghanistan) -- NATO confirms it is investigating an incident in Helmand province in which two U.S. marines were killed.  There are reports an Afghan soldier may have pulled the trigger.

It happened Thursday night when the marines were apparently on guard duty.  An Afghan soldier who had been on the base a couple of weeks is reportedly missing.  An Afghan Defense Ministry official is quoted as saying it was an accident in which the Afghan soldier mistakenly opened fire on coalition members.  He says the Afghan soldier had no connection with the Taliban.

It happened at a Forward Operating Post in Sangin, a town of 20,000 people in the volatile Helmand province.  Sangin is a key operating area for the Taliban.

The U.S. has 150,000 troops in Afghanistan.

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