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Locals join security forces in Helmand to fight Taliban

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KABUL: Hundreds of youths in the southern Helmand province have voluntarily joined the Afghan security forces to suppress the Taliban insurgents. The move was made after the militants recently created a sever scene of violence in the province.

The ministry of interior in a statement puts the number of these people to 300, saying that they have been fed up with the Taliban’s violence, thus joined the security forces to wipe the militants out of the province.

Meanwhile, deputy minister of interior, Abdulsubor Qani in a visit to Helmand, said that the volunteers would be soon recruited to the police forces to fight the Taliban in the province.

Last week, the Taliban staged attacks on the security checkpoints and attempted to overrun the provincial capital city but the attacks were pushed back by the security forces. The US Forces Spokesman in Afghanistan, Sonny Leggett in a tweet said then that US Air Force launched airstrikes in support to the Afghan forces on the ground against the Taliban.

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