Afghanistan located in within the Eurasian Balkans grants 70% control of railways, roadways and gas and oil pipelines to Iran to the West, the Arabian Sea South and China to the East. Also, control of 70% of Afghanistan is control of 70% opium production. The production increase of opium since early 2000’s in Afghanistan is a definitive correlation between land security/control, poppy production with transport out of the country from centralized points.
Source: Washington Post
Local security forces control 70 percent of Afghanistan, a senior U.S. military official said on Thursday, suggesting that the Taliban and other militants hold almost a third of that nation after 15 years of U.S. and NATO efforts to secure it.
Gen. Joseph Dunford Jr., chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told members of the Senate Armed Services Committee that Afghan security forces had taken more casualties “than we’re comfortable with” and said they remained behind in what was required in key areas including air power, special operations and intelligence.