UN maps show 'security worsening' in Afghanistan
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Confidential UN maps show a clear deterioration in security in parts of Afghanistan over the course of this year, despite White House claims its strategy is working, the Wall Street Journal reported Monday.
The paper compared two UN maps, one showing the situation at the start of this year's fighting season in March and the other towards its end in October.
While the situation in the south -- the fiercest battleground between US-led troops and the Taliban -- remained virtually unchanged at "very high risk", it worsened in 16 districts in the north and east, the paper said.
US President Barack Obama released his review of strategy in the war earlier this month, a year after ordering 30,000 extra troops into battle to prepare for a planned security handover to Afghan forces in 2014.
Obama described the strategy as "on track" but warned that gains were fragile.
Sources: Agence France-Presse
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