The district of Musa Qala in Helmand province is once again catching on fire as Operation Palk Meher is underway. Musa Qala was the scene heavy fighting between the Taliban and Afghan and NATO forces last year, and the Taliban gained control of the district after a peace deal was signed.
As US focus shifts to eastern Afghanistan, the conventional Army moves into new territory prompting al Qaeda to call for a jihad within a jihad. Nuristan, Nangahar, Kunar, and Laghman provinces are the scene of heavy fighting this year.
US forces launch an offensive at the Tora Bora mountain complex in Nangarhar province.