• publish: 31 January 2018
  • time: 3:53 pm
  • category: Interview
  • No: 5473

Taliban present in 70 percent of Afghanistan

4 percent of Afghanistan’s districts are controlled by Taliban and in another 66 percent they present and active.

The study shows that the Taliban militants are in full control of 14 Afghan districts and are openly active in 263 others.

The research also shows that nearly 15 million people – half the population – are living in areas affected by the Taliban presence.

However,122 districts are controlled by the Afghan government or about 30 percent of the country, but still those areas are not safe from Taliban attacks. According to the BBC research.

The BBC study showed that ISIL Takfiri terrorists are also active in 30 Afghan districts in the East and the North, but they are not in control of any specific area.

The Pentagon did not directly comment on the BBC study, but pointed to the latest figures by NATO, which shows that nearly 56 percent of Afghanistan’s territory was under Afghan government control or influence.

Taliban militants launch attacks across the country on an almost daily basis, despite the presence of thousands of foreign troops on Afghan soil.

Exploiting the chaos, the ISIL has been seeking to expand its presence in Afghanistan after losing the territories under its control in Iraq and Syria, where it first emerged in 2014.

The United States invaded Afghanistan on October 7, 2001 as part of Washington’s so-called war on terror.


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