IntelCenter Taliban Claim Volume by Afghan Province Jan-Jun 2008 44"x36" Wall Chart v1.0

$ 34.99 USD


This 44"x36" wall chart shows the volume of written Taliban attack claims broken down by province in Afghanistan for Jun. 2008. The number of attacks claimed by the Taliban more than quadrupled between Jan. and Jun. 2008, from 77 claims in Jan. to 346 in Jun. The number of provinces in which the Taliban claimed attacks also increased dramatically during this period, from 15 provinces with at least one claim in Jan. to 29 in Jun. Kandahar and Helmand Provinces consistently had the two highest number of claims with the exception of May, when Kandahar ranked third highest behind Helmand and Ghazni Provinces. Only two provinces had no identifiable claims throughout the entire period, Bamiyan and Daikundi. While it is clear the Taliban exaggerates casualty numbers in its attack claims, there appears to be a close connection between claimed attacks and actual incidents. Regardless of the assessment as to the accuracy of the Taliban’s claims, this is a clear indicator of the focus of the Taliban’s messaging efforts and the perception they are working to achieve. When one claim listed several attacks in different areas, each was counted as a separate attack. When simultaneous, coordinated attacks were reported together, they were counted as one attack because of the coordination in both the attack and the claim. In written claims, the Taliban often restates previously claimed incidents that occurred in the same area. These were not included in the count. In rare instances where the claim appeared to contain geographically factual errors, such as specifying a district in the wrong province, the Taliban’s own statement was given precedence in order to accurately reflect the Taliban’s reporting. Attacks in unspecified or unidentifiable provinces are indicated on the right of each color-coded map of Afghanistan and these numbers are also included in the charts and graphs below each map.

The wall chart has an adhesive backing that lets you attach it directly to a wall and then pull it off and reposition it when you want. It is made with a polypropylene based material that is water resistant and flexible with a matte surface finish.

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