The Battle of Musa Qala was a military action in Helmand Province,
southern Afghanistan, launched by the Afghan National Army and the
International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) against the Taliban on 7
December 2007. After three days of intense fighting, the Taliban
retreated into the mountains on 10 December. Musa Qala was officially
reported captured on 12 December, with Afghan Army troops pushing into
the town centre. Senior ISAF officers, including US general Dan K.
McNeill, the overall ISAF commander, agreed to the assault on 17
November 2007. It followed more than nine months of Taliban occupation
of the town, the largest the insurgents controlled at the time of the
battle. ISAF forces had previously occupied the town, until a
controversial withdrawal in late 2006. It was the first battle in the
war in Afghanistan in which Afghan army units were the principal
fighting force. Statements from the British Ministry of Defence (MOD)
emphasised that the operation was Afghan-led, although the ability of
Afghan units to function without NATO control was questioned during the
battle. Military engagement over Musa Qala is part of a wider conflict
between coalition forces and the Taliban in Helmand. Both before and
after the battle, related fighting was reported across a larger area,
particularly in Sangin district to the south of Musa Qala.
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