The Taliban has dramatically increased its presence in Afghanistan this year according to a new report from the International Council on Security and Development, formerly known as the Senlis Council. The report said the Taliban now has a permanent presence in 72 per cent of Afghanistan, compared with 54 per cent a year ago. It defined permanent presence as being the site of at least one insurgent attack each week. Canadian ambassador to Afghanistan Ron Hoffmann quickly called the report "fundamentally inaccurate." He added, to the Canadian Press, the "Taliban presence is a sporadic one and still largely restricted to the south and significantly less than 50 per cent of the country.''
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