Afghan Taliban capture city of Sangin

In this Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015 file photo, Afghan National Army soldiers guard a checkpoint on the way to the Sangin district of Helmand province, Afghanistan. After months of ferocious fighting,Image copyright
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Afghan forces have spent months trying to keep the Taliban at bay

The Taliban have captured the crucial southern Afghan city of Sangin after a year-long battle, officials say.

Afghan forces say they have made a tactical retreat from the centre of Sangin.

A spokesman for Helmand’s governor confirmed the district police and governor’s headquarters were now in militant hands.

Almost a quarter of British troops killed during the UK’s combat mission in Afghanistan died defending Sangin.

Taliban spokesman Qari Yousuf Ahmadi said the insurgents captured the city overnight.

A spokesman for the Afghan Ministry of Defence said troops had been pulled back to the area’s main garrison on the orders of the army chief of staff.

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