The Taliban is expanding its zone of influence in Afghanistan.
Only up to 22 percent of the country’s districts remain under full government control – mainly the administrative centers of the provinces.
A turning point in the history of Afghanistan was the peace agreement between the United States and the Taliban, signed on February 29, 2020 in Doha.
Further negotiations to form a transitional government in the country fell through, leading to the start of a Taliban offensive against government forces across the country.
According to the agreement with the United States, the Taliban pledged not to attack foreign military personnel in Afghanistan until the withdrawal from this country, but no assurances were made about pressure on the government.
According to the UN, the Taliban movement numbers from 58,000 to 100,000 armed militants. Moreover, the ranks of the Taliban are constantly growing.
Under arms, the government forces – 308 thousand people, while by mid-2021 their number was planned to be increased to 352 thousand.
Balance of power in favor of the Taliban
The central government in Afghanistan continues to rapidly lose its supporters.
The data of the Taliban movement, the official Kabul and the UN on the zone of control in Afghanistan differ.
According to the Afghan Interior Ministry, more than half of the country is controlled by government forces. The Taliban claim dominance over 80 percent of the country’s land, and according to the UN, the Taliban control 50 to 70 percent of the country.
According to the Anadolu agency, more than 150 of the 407 counties in Afghanistan are under Taliban control, although the Taliban claim control over more than 260 counties in the country.
At the same time, the centers of 34 provinces of Afghanistan are fully controlled by the government.
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