Friday, August 07, 2009
Map of Taliban Control in Afghanistan in 2009
A new leaked Afghan government map reveals Taliban control and at risk areas. The map, when compared to a 2007 map show that the Taliban have continued to make gains in Pashtun and Baluchi areas. Disturbingly, the Taliban have not only managed to hang on in the Turkmen northwest but also open a new front in the Tajik/Hazara north. Any news of the Taliban expanding outside the Pashtun south and east is very bad.
The only good news is that Pakistan is turning the tide against the Taliban there. The denial of support bases in Pakistan's west could greatly harm the Taliban's ability to keep up the fight in Afghanistan.