Thursday, October 13, 2011
The British newspaper The Guardian just published an excellent interactive map showing all publicized NATO kill/capture missions in Afghanistan. The data is taken from ISAF press releases and goes back to September 2009. Each province is shown with the number of insurgents killed and captured and how often missions occurred. The accompanying article has more detail on the data. If you do work in Afghanistan, you already know which areas tend to be more risky than others and the map isn't going to tell you anything new. What is does though, is give you a sense of the scope and range of these missions, which obviously have a military impact on the Taliban as well as a perceptual impact on non-combatant civilians.