BBC: Taliban threaten 70% of Afghanistan

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-42863116

Taliban fighters, whom US-led forces spent billions of dollars trying to defeat, are now openly active in 70% of Afghanistan, a BBC study has found.

Months of research across the country show how areas the Taliban threaten or control have surged since foreign combat troops left in 2014.

The Afghan government played down the report, saying it controls most areas.

But recent attacks claimed by Taliban and Islamic State militants have killed scores in Kabul and elsewhere.

Afghan officials and US President Donald Trump responded by ruling out any talks with the Taliban. Last year Mr Trump announced the US military would stay in the country indefinitely.

A network of BBC reporters across Afghanistan spoke to more than 1,200 individual local sources, in every one of the country’s 399 districts, to build up a comprehensive picture of all militant attacks over that period.

These conversations happened either in person or by telephone and all information was checked with at least two and often as many as six other sources. In some cases BBC reporters even went to local bus stations to find people travelling in from remote and inaccessible districts in order to double check the situation there.

The results show that about 15 million people – half the population – are living in areas that are either controlled by the Taliban or where the Taliban are openly present and regularly mount attacks.

The extent to which they have pushed beyond their traditional southern stronghold into eastern, western and northern parts of the country is clearly visible. Areas that have fallen to the Taliban since 2014 include places in Helmand province like Sangin, Musa Qala and Nad-e Ali, which foreign forces fought and died to bring under government control after US-led troops had driven the Taliban from power in 2001. More than 450 British troops died in Helmand between 2001 and 2014.

“When I leave home, I’m uncertain whether I will come back alive,” said one man, Sardar, in Shindand, a western district that suffers weekly attacks. “Explosions, terror and the Taliban are part of our daily life.”

The BBC research also suggests that IS is more active in Afghanistan than ever before, although it remains far less powerful than the Taliban.

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but wait..i thought we “won”?..no?

as i have said for years..people in these areas are patient..they talk in decades not years..

but remember this isnt really accurate..its a sample then averaged out..

“A network of BBC reporters across Afghanistan spoke to more than 1,200 individual local sources, in every one of the country’s 399 districts, to build up a comprehensive picture of all militant attacks over that period.”

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~ by seeker401 on February 2, 2018.

3 Responses to “BBC: Taliban threaten 70% of Afghanistan”

  1. >but wait..i thought we “won”?..no?

    There is no money in winning.. 🙂

    2.5T

    now 21 T..
    https://www.rt.com/usa/413411-trillions-dollars-missing-research/

  2. “In October 1963, when Harold Macmillan was handing over the prime ministership to Alec Douglas-Home, he is supposed to have passed on some advice.

    “My dear boy, as long as you do not invade Afghanistan you will be absolutely fine,” he said.

    It just seems to prove Hegel’s old adage that the only thing you learn from history is that sadly no one ever learns anything from history.”

  3. “The extent to which they [Taliban] have pushed beyond their traditional southern stronghold into eastern, western and northern parts of the country is clearly visible.”

    On the face of it, there appeared to have been a vacuum created by foreign invaders. Taliban stayed in the south, but why? Were there other native forces/peoples who kept each other in their own regions? Have they been weakened and eliminated? I know the Taliban were favored by the US to protect the opium. Did the US take out other powers in the other regions in their favor of the Taliban? With those other native peoples weakened or gone and the Taliban armed by the US, British, and others, then they had political vacuums to move into?

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