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Gereshk is a town in Gerishk District in Helmand province on the Helmand River in central Afghanistan, some 120 km (75 miles) northwest of Kandahar at 817 m altitude. Gereshk is the centre of a rich agricultural region with the Kajakai dam upriver diverting water to the Boghra Irrigation Canal. Gereshk was originally built around a fort on the east bank of the river but was later rebuilt on the west. During the First Anglo-Afghan War (1839–42), the fort was captured by the British but it was later abandoned; the same thing happened in 1879. Gereshk has a population of about 48,546 and has a developed hospital and a school of engineering which was built back in 1957.

Gereshk is located on the important transport route known as Highway 1, which was built during the time of the Soviet war in Afghanistan. This route links Farah Province in the west and to Kandahar Province in the east. As part of Operation Moshtarak the British Army and Afghan workers are constructing Route Trident, a road that will eventually connect Gereshk with the provincial capital of Lashkar Gah.


Gereshk was under control of Noorzai tribe at the time of Taliban. Greshk is one of the old and isolated Pashtu-speaking towns flanking the southern half of the Hindu Kush mountains, in a countryside that is primarily Pashtun in speech. In this, Gereshk resembles Farah, Sabzawar/Shindand, Lashkar Gah, Ghazni and Gardez. The ethnicity of the inhabitants by a...
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