Helmand for years was the centerpiece of the US and British military intervention in Afghanistan — only for it to slip deeper into a quagmire of instability.
Monica Campbell reports on Female Engagement Teams, a first-time experiment by the Marines in Afghanistan to let women join all-male patrols at the frontlines. The goal is to have contact with, and win the confidence of Afghan women.
We head now to Afghanistan for the Geo Quiz. We want you to name Afghanistan's southern-most province. Its capital is Lashkar Gah. US and NATO troops are mostly fighting Taliban insurgents but some have other duties, like putting on a radio program.
U.S. and Pakistani intelligence forces have captured a leading Taliban figure, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar. Meanwhile, U.S., British and Afghan forces have entered their fourth day of battle for control of Marjah, Afghanistan.
United States and NATO forces in Afghanistan say U.S. Marines will launch an assault on a Taliban stronghold in Helmand Province in the coming days. The announcement of the offensive puzzled many military analysts.
The Takeaway speaks to some family members of the troops stationed in Afghanistan: Mary Galeti's husband will be deployed in January, Kim Clark's son is a Marine near Helmand Province, and Larry Syverson's son is an Army sergeant near Kandahar.
Despite a spike in violence leading up to Afghanistan's presidential election, Afghan voters came out to cast their ballots today. Anchor Lisa Mullins speaks with the BBC's Carolyn Wyatt, who's in Helmand Province about today's vote.
July was the deadliest month for US and allied forces in Afghanistan since the war began. Most of the deaths occurred in the volatile Helmand Province. The World's Aaron Schachter spent time embedded with a team of army medics just behind the front lines.
Casualties have spiked since the U.S. launched a major offensive into Afghanistan's Helmand province. For more, The Takeaway hears from U.S. MedEvac helicopter pilot Jay Hanshaw, who picks up injured Marines on the front line.
The U.S. military launched one of its largest offensives in recent history in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan. Joining The Takeaway is Captain William Pelletier, spokesman for the Marine Expeditionary Brigade-Afghanistan.