Thursday, September 07, 2006

Taliban Control Southern Half of Afghanistan

Taliban taking over

by Sanjay Suri

September 7, 2006

LONDON - The Taliban have regained control over the southern half of Afghanistan and their front line is advancing daily, a group closely monitoring the Afghan situation said in a report this week.

The report on the reconstruction of Afghanistan marking the fifth anniversary of the September 11, 2001, attacks on the US is based on extensive field research in the critical provinces of Helmand, Kandahar, Herat and Nangarhar.

"The Taliban front line now cuts halfway through the country, encompassing all of the southern provinces," says a report by the Senlis Council, an international policy think-tank with offices in Kabul, London, Paris and Brussels.

The report from Senlis, which has reported extensively on Afghanistan over recent years, says: "A humanitarian crisis of starvation and poverty has gripped the south of the country." The report blames "the US-and-UK-led failed counter-narcotics and military policies" for this situation.