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A senior Afghan official turned to Facebook Sunday in an effort to appeal to the country's president to send help to his province.
Mohammad Jan Rasulyar said unless President Ashraf Ghani provided assistance to Helmand, the province would fall to the Taliban.
Rasulyar tagged Ghani in the post, in which he said that more than 90 security forces have been killed amid fighting in Helmand in the past month.
"Your Excellency, Facebook is not the right forum for speaking with you, but as my voice hasn't been heard by you I don't know what else to do," Rasulyar wrote, according to The Associated Press. "Please save Helmand from tragedy. Ignore those liars who are telling you that Helmand is secure."
"Unless the government acts now we will lose the province," Rasulyar added.
Ghani's deputy spokesman Zafar Hashemi told the AP that the president was aware of Rasulyar's Facebook post, had met with the national security council and was briefed on the situation in Helmand.
Helmand produces most of the worlds opium. If the province did fall to the Taliban, which relies heavily on opium proceeds, it would deliver a blow to government claims that Afghan security forces are controlling the insurgency.