Afghan, int'l forces retake town held by Taliban since February

Afghan and international forces have retaken a southern Afghan town held by Taliban militants since February, the Defense Ministry said Monday. Ministry spokesman Gen. Mohammad Zahir Azimi said Afghan, British and US forces had "completely captured" Musa Qala, a town in the opium poppy growing belt of northern Helmand province. He said fighting was continuing around the town. Afghan and international troops have stepped up operations around Musa Qala since early November, and fighting in the area has intensified in the last several days as forces advanced on the town.