Report: Taliban Controls or Contests Nearly Half of Afghanistan as Trump Intensifies U.S. Involvement

Taliban jihadists control or contest 45 percent of Afghanistan as U.S. President Donald Trump begins to escalate the American military footprint in the country, reports the Long War Journal (LWJ), echoing assessments from the United States government and the terrorist group itself.

FILE - In this May 27, 2016 file photo, Taliban fighters react to a speech by their senior leader in the Shindand district of Herat province, Afghanistan. Two senior Taliban figures said that Pakistan has issued a stark warning to the militant group, apparently surprised over being excluded from the insurgents' secret talks with the Afghan government. (AP Photos/Allauddin Khan, File)Using the LWJ and United Nations data, Breitbart News has found that the magnitude of the Taliban’s reach in Afghanistan is of historic proportions — the terrorist group currently holds more territory than at any other time since the U.S. military dethroned its regime in late 2001.

As part of U.S. President Donald Trump’s recently unveiled Afghan war strategy, the Pentagon has authorized the deployment of 3,000 additional American troops to shore up security, bringing the total number to about 14,000.

LWJ, a component of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies (FDD) think-tank, reports:

Overall, LWJ has determined that 45 percent of Afghanistan’s districts are controlled or contested by the Taliban…

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