In this Monday, Dec. 28, 2015 photo, Afghan policeman walk into a police station in in Lashkar Gah, capital of Helmand province, Afghanistan. (AP Photos/Abdul Khaliq)
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Officials warned Tuesday of a humanitarian crisis in Helmand as fierce fighting sent refugees fleeing to the capital of the southern Afghan province, with Taliban insurgents tightening their grip despite intensified U.S. airstrikes.Helmand, long a hub of militancy and opium production, has seen a recent increase in militant attacks, with fighters seizing more territory in the volatile province since NATO troops withdrew in 2014 .Toryalai Hemat, the provincial governor's media adviser, said NATO's air strikes have inflicted heavy casualties on the Taliban.Last August Taliban insurgents briefly captured the town of Musa Qala in Helmand before Afghan forces backed by NATO retook it.
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