Afghanistan - Overview of Reported Security-Related Incidents (ACLED Data - January 2021)

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Based on security-related data compiled by the Armed Conflict Location & Event Data (ACLED) Project, there were over 860 incidents recorded in January 2021, with a slim (4%) decrease in the number of incidents compared to January last year (900 incidents in 2020). Around 66% of these incidents featured Battles or Armed clashes over territorial control between government and non-state actors with the majority occurring in the Southern Region of Afghanistan. 205 out of the 401 districts of the country’s 34 provinces experienced different security-related events in January 2021, with the provinces of Hilmand, Nangarhar, and Kandahar the most affected by events of various types in both 2020 and 2021. Despite the incidents’ declining trend from the last two years, the security situation in the country remains volatile and continues to impact on the civilian population in terms of insecurity, uncertainty and socio-economic growth.