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Afghan Officials Claim Battlefield Advances in Lashkar Gah

Security forces in Afghanistan claim to have pushed the Taliban from parts of a key southern provincial capital and inflicted heavy casualties on the opposition as insurgent hostilities appear to have subsided in other conflict-hit provinces. The rebel group staged a major assault on Lashkar Gah, capital of Helmand province, a week ago, forcing their way into parts of the nearly besieged city. Dozens of Afghan troops were killed in the ensuing days of clashes with many...

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