The Afghan government’s ability to control its territory has “deteriorated” to its lowest level since the last two years, according to a report by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR).
“The Afghan government’s district and population control deteriorated to its lowest level since SIGAR began analyzing district-control data in December 2015 and population-control data in September 2016,” the report reads.
Based on SIGAR’s report, as of Aug. 2017, the Taliban controlled 13 districts and influenced 41 of Afghanistan’s 407 districts, while the Afghan government controlled 74 districts and influenced 157.
Thirty percent of Afghanistan’s districts remain contested, according to SIGAR.
But the Afghan defense ministry disputed SIGAR’s latest report, saying we reject that 13% of the country’s total districts are now under the control or influence of the insurgents.
“I don’t accept that 13 percent of Afghanistan’s territory is under the control of the enemy,” said defense ministry spokesman, Major General Dawlat Waziri, who added “the centers of only nine districts of the country is under militant’s influence”.