1 Apr 2010

Kandahar offensive to begin in June

6:57 am on 1 April 2010

The Nato-led coalition in Afghanistan will launch a long-planned offensive in the southern city of Kandahar in June, according to military officials.

The BBC quotes a US military source as saying the goal is to rid the city of Taliban forces before the Muslim holy month of Ramadan begins in August.

American troops are already leading a massive operation in Marjah, in the neighbouring province of Helmand.

About 6,000 of the 30,000 additional forces the United States President Barack Obama assigned to Afghanistan in December have already arrived, with the rest expected in the coming months.