The U.S.-led military offensive in southern Afghanistan appears to be gaining ground as the security situation improves in some of the most insurgent-ridden districts in the region and the Taliban losing some of its influence, the Washington Post reports. Security improvements in the districts of Sangin, Zhari and Arghandab are the result of intense fighting and the coalition forces’ use of high-impact weapon systems, the U.S.-based newspaper says. The challenge now is whether the U.S. and its allies can hold its gains as cash- and ammunition-laden Taliban commanders cross into Afghanistan from Pakistan, the Post adds.

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