Afghanistan's southwestern province of Helmand has seen daily attacks by fighters ahead of the withdrawal of international troop in 2014.
More than 900 NATO soldiers have died in and around the Helmand River Valley, but now the Afghan National Army has taken increased control in the province's conflict.
With fighters often hiding near and among local civilians, Afghan forces now see themselves facing the same challenges as the US Marines that are increasingly taking a back seat in the efforts against the armed groups.
Al Jazeera's Steve Chao reports from Nolay.
Source: Al Jazeera