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Afghan Forces Claim Advances in Taliban-held District

Afghan authorities said that security forces made advances Wednesday in a volatile southern district, killing 43 Taliban insurgents and wounding many others. The fighting in Marjah, a Taliban-held district in the restive Helmand province, erupted a day earlier when Afghan forces backed by U.S. military personnel launched a counter-offensive to try to regain lost territory.  “We have evicted the opposition from three places [in Marjah],” provincial police chief General Abdul Rehman...

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