Afghan National Army soldiers guard at a checkpoint on the way to the Sangin district of Helmand province, Afghanistan, Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015. (AP Photos/Abdul Khaliq)
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A strategically important district in the southern Afghan province of Helmand that has been besieged by the Taliban for more than a week remains under government control after the United States conducted two air strikes overnight, officials said Thursday.The spokesman for the Afghan army in Helmand, Guam Rasoul Zazai, said that Afghan military air strikes had also bombarded Taliban strongholds in Sangin overnight, killing 25 insurgents and wounding another 12 .Insurgents have been fighting for control of Sangin for almost a month, though the battle intensified a week ago as government reinforcements failed to arrive and Afghan security forces were pinned down inside an army base.
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