Washir (also spelt Washer or Washar) is a district in the west of Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Its population was reported in 2005 as 13,300, which all belong to the Pashtun ethnic group and are believed to be of Noorzai tribe. The district centre is the village of Washir. The district of Washer borders Farah province to the north and is 80 kilometres south of Lashkar Gah.
In June 2011, Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) recaptured the district from Taliban insurgents during an operation involving ANA troops from the 215th Maiwand Military Corps, ending the four-year reign of the Taliban. The offensive succeeded because the capacity of local forces had increased and the fighters had lost local support as a result the Taliban did not put up any resistance. Efforts are being made to make government departments functional to resolve residents' problems within the district.
Residents of Washer district lack basic amenities of life such as lack of clean drinking water, health clinics, schools and other facilities.
- UNHCR District Profile, dated 2002-12-31, Retrieved 2006-08-04 (PDF).
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