Afghanistan: US stands down in Helmand, Taliban to do the same

Attacks by the Taliban in several districts of Helmand and parts of neighbouring Kandahar province have forced tens of thousands of people from their homes in the past few days; they are now displaced and struggling without adequate food and shelter.
Local officials accuse the Taliban of teaming up with local al-Qaeda fighters to strengthen its position
Since Tuesday, US has been supporting Afghan forces with air raids on Taliban positions, which it announced on Friday that it would cease in order to maintain the February peace agreement it signed with the Taliban.

Al Jazeera’s Laura Burdon-Manley reports.

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