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US Commander Visits Embattled Southern Afghan City

The commander of U.S.-led international forces in Afghanistan together with the country’s defense minister Saturday traveled to a nearly besieged southern Afghan city and assured residents they would not let it fall to the Taliban. The visit to Lashkar Gah, capital of Helmand, the largest Afghan province, came after overnight battlefield advances brought the insurgents extremely close to the city. A security source told VOA the Taliban captured four outposts around the provincial...

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