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Khanashin is located in Afghanistan
Location in Afghanistan
Coordinates: 30°32′58″N 63°47′23″E / 30.54944°N 63.78972°E / 30.54944; 63.78972Coordinates: 30°32′58″N 63°47′23″E / 30.54944°N 63.78972°E / 30.54944; 63.78972
Country Afghanistan
ProvinceHelmand Province
2,106 ft (642 m)
Time zoneUTC+4:30

Khanashin, or Khan Neshin, (other names: Khān Neshīn, Khannesin, Khan Nashin, Khān Nashīn, Khan Nashim, Khānnešīn) is a village located in the Reg District of Helmand Province, Afghanistan at 30°32′58″N 63°47′23″E / 30.5494°N 63.7897°E / 30.5494; 63.7897 at 642 altitude. It is close to the Helmand River and 168 km southwest of Lashkargah. It has been identified by the USGS as the site of a deposit, called the Khanneshin carbonatite, of at least 1 million tons of rare earth element ore.

Operation Enduring Freedom[edit]

Taliban presence[edit]

Khan Neshin became a Taliban insurgent stronghold in the years following the 2001 invasion.

Operation Khanjar[edit]

In July 2009, U.S. Marines from 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion established the first sustained presence of coalition forces in the southern Helmand River valley by entering the village of Khan Neshin after gaining the village elders' permission.[1][2][3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Shanker, Thom; OPPEL Jr, RICHARD A. (2009-07-03). "In Tactical Shift, Troops Will Stay and Hold Ground in Afghanistan". NY Times. Retrieved 2009-07-06.
  2. ^ Sheppard, Ben (2009-07-03). "US Marines battle on in Afghanistan". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2009-07-04.
  3. ^ "Operation Khanjar restores government control in Khan Neshin". ABC. 2009-07-06. Archived from the original on July 9, 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-06.