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Terrorism & Insurgency

Afghan security forces controlling fewer districts, says SIGAR

31 October 2017

The Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) appear to continue to lose territory to insurgents, according to a 30 October report issued by the US Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction (SIGAR).

As of 24 August, 54 of the 407 districts of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces were under insurgent control (13) or influence (41), which is an increase of 9 districts over the past six months, SIGAR John Sopko quoted US Forces Afghanistan (USFOR-A) as saying.

This means that 13.3% of the Central Asian country’s districts are now under insurgent control or influence, a more than 2% increase over the past six months, and a 5% increase compared with the same period in 2016.

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