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Bill Roggio, Long War Journal: Analysis: US military assessment of Taliban control of Afghan districts is flawed
The US military says that the Taliban “influences” at least 25 of Afghanistan’s 407 districts and controls only 8 more. The numbers are at odds with an assessment by The Long War Journal of Taliban control in Afghanistan. The US military’s estimate does not explain how the Taliban is able to support multiple concurrent offensives across the country and threaten five provincial capitals.
The US military’s estimate of Taliban control and influence of Afghan districts was reported by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, or SIGAR, in its quarterly report to Congress that was released on Oct. 30. The data are current as of Aug. 28, 2016.
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WNU Editor: This is a must read in understanding why the Taliban are winning in Afghanistan. Here is another must read .... $780 Billion US Dollars Later, the Taliban Is Gaining Ground in Afghanistan (Ciro Scotti, Fiscal Times).