Sunday, September 25, 2016

Top U.S. General: Taliban Rules 10% Of Afghan Population And Is Contesting 20% More

Incoming Commander of Resolute Support forces and U.S. forces in Afghanistan, U.S. Army General John Nicholson (L) speaks during a change of command ceremony in Resolute Support headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan, March 2, 2016. Reuters/Rahmat Gul

Long War Journal: US commander in Afghanistan downplays Taliban control of 10 percent of population

The Taliban and allied jihadist groups control 10 percent of the Afghan population and contest another 20 percent, the top US commander in Afghanistan said. General John Nicholson, the commander of NATO’s Resolute Support and US Forces-Afghanistan, characterized the fact that 30 percent of the Afghan population is controlled or contested by the Taliban as a “positive” development, as the Taliban is primarily operating in the rural areas of Afghanistan.

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More News On The Afghan War

US General: 10 Percent of Afghanistan Under Taliban Control -- AP
Taliban rules 10% of Afghan population, contests 20% more – US general -- RT
U.S. General Says Taliban Controls 10 Percent Of Afghanistan -- RFE
U.S. general claims 20 percent of Afghanistan contested -- Digital Journal
US Commander: Roughly One Third of Afghanistan Not Under Govt Control --
Afghan security forces, Taliban reach impasse -- AFP
Afghan Security Forces Growing to Take Over Mission, General Says -- US Department of Defense
Military Leaders Concerned About Afghan Casualties -- Washington Free Beacon
ISIS fighters in Afghanistan mainly ex-Pakistani Taliban members: Gen. Nicholson -- Khaama Press
Peace With Infamous Afghan Warlord Seen as Taliban Olive Branch -- Bloomberg
Hekmatyar to visit Kabul likely in next couple of weeks -- Khaama Press
Afghan Forces, Taliban Fight Fierce Battles for Strategic Corridor -- VOA
Afghanistan: Taliban Threaten Tarin Kot Again -- The Diplomat
The Haqqani Network’s Continuous Deadly Strikes in Kabul -- Foreign Policy Journal
Pakistan Not Doing Enough Against Haqqani Network, US General Says -- VOA
US continues 'hunt' for senior Al Qaeda leaders in Afghanistan 15 years after 9/11 -- FOX News
US military is hunting al Qaeda in at least 7 Afghanistan provinces -- Long War Journal

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