Lashkar Gah under siege

Reports from Islamabad indicate that the Taliban have stepped up their offensive on the strategically important city of Lashkar Gah in Helmand Province with fighting on several fronts.

Once the Task Force Helmand headquarters, and universally known simply as ‘Lash’ to British troops, it is an alarming marker of failure that the city formerly at the epicentre of the UK’s commitment in Afghanistan is now in danger of falling to the Taliban just two years after the British departed.

While Lash has been under siege for many weeks this new offensive comes just days after Priti Patel, the Secretary of State for International Development claimed: ‘The UK’s presence in Afghanistan over the last decade has helped improve security and prevent it from once again becoming a base of operations for global terrorists that would threaten the streets of Britain.’

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