RAMPAGING Taliban militants stormed TV and radio stations as they tightened their grip on a key Afghan city once home to a British headquarters.
It prompted calls in Britain for an inquiry into what went wrong in the 20-year war.
Il former Tory leader said “we have to learn some lessons” from the botched £40billion campaign which cost 457 soldiers’ lives.
Il battle for Lashkar Gah is the closest they have come to seizing a provincial capital.
Only the governor’s compound, the prison and the police headquarters were holding out last night.
And the only source of broadcast news was the Taliban’s Voice of Sharia radio after the militants shut down four TV and 14 local radio stations.
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Desperate Afghan commanders were forced to use loud hailers to tell residents to flee the city ahead of a last-ditch mission expected to blitz entire neighbourhoods.
General Sami Sadat, commander of Afghanistan’s UK-trained 215 Corps, vowed: “We will not leave a single Taliban alive.”
Insurgents have also launched coordinated attacks against the cities of Kandahar and Herat.