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How the Taliban gained the upper hand in a key province in Afghanistan

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Los Angeles Times and Stars & Stripes, 2 December 2018

This article on the Taleban’s military successes in Ghazni province quotes from AAN research:

As early as 2015, shortly after the last U.S. forces left Ghazni province under a NATO drawdown, the Taliban controlled more territory there than the Afghan government did, according to the Afghanistan Analysts Network, a Kabul-based think tank.

The insurgents mostly confined themselves to rural areas, collecting taxes and adjudicating disputes. But starting this April, Taliban fighters began seizing the centers of “safe” districts close to the provincial capital, the country’s sixth-largest city, about 80 miles southwest of Kabul.