Friday, March 6, 2015
There is a lot of apprehension about whether the Islamic State (IS) will be able to establish a significant presence in Afghanistan. While initial reports by Resolute Support HQs indicate that IS is not yet a significant problem other observers seem more concerned. The Long War Journal has published a news article on IS in Afghanistan with an accompanying map. Interesting reading. See "Mapping the emergence of the Islamic State in Afghanistan", March 5, 2015.
Tuesday, December 2, 2014
The Resolute Support mission begins in January 2015 with a total of 9,800 (plus or minus) troops from the United States and a contingent of Europeans and other contributing nations (probably a few thousand). The mission is going to be mostly Security Force Assistance (SFA) with a little bit of counter-terrorism. The SFA mission will concentrate at the ministry, institutional, and corps level. Only four of the six Afghan National Army Corps will be covered down by advisors. The areas to be covered are referred to as the "Four Corners" - Herat, Mazar-e-Sharif, Jalalabad, and Kandahar. The four corners is depicted on the map below.
|Map depicting the "Four Corners" of Resolute Support|
(map from NATO video, Dec 1, 2014)
Monday, November 29, 2010
The link below will bring you to a map of NATO troop disposition in Afghanistan. The United States provides the largest contingent followed by the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, and Canada.
Saturday, October 2, 2010
An NYU political science grad student has used an open source statistical programming tool to depict the spread of Taliban attacks from 2004 to 2009. The data points are based on the huge amount of information contained in the WikiLeaks database. View the maps at "Open Source Tools Turn WikiLeaks Into Illustrated Afghan Meltdown", Wired.com Danger Room, August 9, 2010.