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UK forces entangled in Afghan conflict
UK forces in Afghanistan have been experiencing heavy casualties and killings of soldiers.
UK forces in Afghanistan have been experiencing heavy casualties and killings of soldiers.
Sat Sep 22, 2012 6:42AM
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Nahr-e Saraj district in the Afghan province of Helmand has become the new death trap for British soldiers who have been suffering heavy casualties in different parts of the province over the past 11 years.


Helmand province has been the most intense battle arena involving NATO forces and the Afghan insurgents since 2001.

Now the province’s central district, Nahr-e-Saraj has become the most sensitive area for British soldiers.

Nahr-e-Saraj fighting has killed18 British soldiers since the beginnign of 2012, nine of which, in the last 10 weeks.

British commanders claim the fight is being taken to the grounds of the insurgents, that is why there are so many British and other Western casualties in Nahr-e-Saraj.

Even though Britain appears to be superior in military terms compared with insurgents in Afghanistan, its gradual gains are coming at a high cost and unaffordable in the long term.

An officer for the British armed forces, who is currently operating in Nahr-e-Saraj, has admitted that the Afghan insurgents are showing strong resilience.

"I am constantly amazed by them. They are completely over-matched by us and the Afghan army. We keep killing them, but they keep coming back for more," The Guardian quoted him as saying.

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