Musa Qala

Musa Qala

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Musa Qala (The 'Fortress of Moses') is a town and the district center of Musa Qala District in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, at and at 1043 m altitude in the valley of Musa Qala River in the central western part of the district. Its population has been reported in the British press to be both 2,000 area, populated by Pashtun tribes..

Taliban resurgence

Musa Qala is one of the centers of Taliban resistance to NATO ISAF control in Afghanistan.

On February 2, 2006, intensive fighting erupted there, leading to 28 deaths, including the Musa Qala district chief, Abdul Quddus. On March 3, 2006, the Sangin district governor, Amir Jan, was killed there while on vacation.British forces were deployed to defend the district offices at Musa Qala (and also at Sangin, Nowzad and Kajaki). Over several months, eight British soldiers died there during attacks by the Taliban. July 23–25, 2006, Danish troops of the "1. Lette Opklaringseskadron" (1st Light Reconnaissance Squadron, 120 men) moved in to replace the British troops, but found themselves having to assist the British troops repel a major Taliban attack before they could carry...
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