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Afghan forces 'yet to regain control' of symbolic southern district

© Reuters. Afghan policeman inspects a passenger at a checkpoint in Helmand

KABUL (Reuters) - Afghan forces are still battling for control of a symbolic district of southern Helmand province, the NATO forces commander told reporters, contradicting the defense ministry, after more than a week of intense fighting supported by U.S. air strikes.

Helmand has been among the most fiercely contested regions of Afghanistan since the war began. British forces lost more than 400 men trying to defeat the Taliban and some 350 U.S. Marines were...