Taliban Losses, Afghan Gains

Taliban Losses, Afghan Gains The third report of the Analytical Support and Sanctions Monitoring Team of the United Nations to the Security Council rendered on 11 November 2013 highlights major losses for the Taliban during the past year and recognizes achievements of the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF). In the preface the Report clearly states an important conclusion that, “Taliban violence has not translated into significant gains on the ground, where Afghan national security forces have shown themselves capable of containing an aggressive Taliban threat”. While the Report was prepared to assess effectiveness of sanctions it provides an overview of performance of the Taliban and the ANSF. This article addresses the latter issue in some depth based on the Report. The ...
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