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Foreign Forces Deployed To Farah Province

Farah officials confirmed that U.S. and Italian forced had arrived in the province but they did not speak about their exact number.

A number of foreign troops have been deployed to Farah province to support Afghan security forces in the fight against insurgents, local officials said on Friday.

Farah governor's spokesman Nasir Mehri confirmed the report and said a number of U.S. and Italian troops arrived at Farah city airport on Thursday.

Mehri said that troops will support Afghan security forces in ground and from air operations in combat against Taliban and other insurgent groups.

He did not speak about the number of the troops but sources said that 120 soldiers deployed to the province.

This come after early this year around 200 NATO soldiers, mainly Italians, have been deployed to Afghanistan's volatile western province of Farah after attempts by Taliban fighters in recent months to overrun its capital city.

The Pentagon recently said it would deploy some 300 U.S. Marines to the southern province of Helmand, where American forces engaged in heated combat until their mission ended in 2014.

Last year, Taliban fighters attempted to overrun several provincial capitals, from Kunduz and Baghlan in the north to Helmand in south and Farah in the west.

The U.S. still has some 8,400 troops in Afghanistan.

In early December, NATO and U.S. forces commander in Afghanistan Gen. John Nicholson said the government in Kabul directly controls about 64 percent of the country's population of 30 million, down slightly from 68 percent earlier in 2016.

Afghanistan

Foreign Forces Deployed To Farah Province

Farah officials confirmed that U.S. and Italian forced had arrived in the province but they did not speak about their exact number.

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A number of foreign troops have been deployed to Farah province to support Afghan security forces in the fight against insurgents, local officials said on Friday.

Farah governor's spokesman Nasir Mehri confirmed the report and said a number of U.S. and Italian troops arrived at Farah city airport on Thursday.

Mehri said that troops will support Afghan security forces in ground and from air operations in combat against Taliban and other insurgent groups.

He did not speak about the number of the troops but sources said that 120 soldiers deployed to the province.

This come after early this year around 200 NATO soldiers, mainly Italians, have been deployed to Afghanistan's volatile western province of Farah after attempts by Taliban fighters in recent months to overrun its capital city.

The Pentagon recently said it would deploy some 300 U.S. Marines to the southern province of Helmand, where American forces engaged in heated combat until their mission ended in 2014.

Last year, Taliban fighters attempted to overrun several provincial capitals, from Kunduz and Baghlan in the north to Helmand in south and Farah in the west.

The U.S. still has some 8,400 troops in Afghanistan.

In early December, NATO and U.S. forces commander in Afghanistan Gen. John Nicholson said the government in Kabul directly controls about 64 percent of the country's population of 30 million, down slightly from 68 percent earlier in 2016.

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