The Taliban now hold more ground in Afghanistan than at any point since 2001:SIGAR report

taliban-s-new-leader-in-afghanistan-moves-to-quash-dissent-nyt (1)newsd54d554gd5During an 18-month period when the United States largely halted its withdrawal from its longest-ever war, the Afghan Taliban gained territory, according to a new report from the US military command.

The US special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction (Sigar) found that the Nato-backed Afghan government is in control of 65.6% of districts in the country – a drop from the 70.5% it held in January 2016.