ACLED-APW Report Tracking Disorder During Taliban Rule in Afghanistan

Province: Faryab

Location: North


Faryab is one of the secondary provinces in the north of the country, which is about 815 km away from Kabul. Faryab shares borders with (Turkmenistan) to the north, with (Sar-e-pul) to the east and the south, with (Ghor) to the south, with (Badghis) to the west, and with Jawzjan to the east and northeast.


Population: 1,700,000


Area: 27,922 kilometer-squares


Ethnicity: Uzbeks, Turkmens, Tajiks, Pashtuns, Hazaras, Aymaqs, and etc.=


Languages: Uzbeki, Pashto, Dari


Armed Opposition Group(s): the Taliban, ISIS, Irresponsible Armed Individuals


Districts Under Control of the Government: 50%, Maimana city


Districts Under Control of the Taliban: 50%, majority of the districts


Contested Districts: 


Government’s Appointed Governor for the Province: 


Taliban’s Distinct Governor for the Province: 


Major Security Incident(s):


- Offensive attacks to seize Maimana (Taliban have carried out their offensive to seize Maimana and they ultimately failed and there was intense fighting for several days) in 1397.


- Regaining control of Belcheragh district (Belcheragh district was under control of the Taliban for several years, however, security forces took it under control as a result of military operations)


- The reopening of the Pashtunkot-Maimana route (the Pashtunkot-Maimana highway was controlled by the Taliban for 5 years, and as a result of two months of military operations, the security forces were finally able to reopen the route.)


Documented Incidents Since RiV:


Causes of the War:



  • Existence of Aqeena commercial port in Andkhoy district.

  • Geographic and strategic location, collection of hoshor and zakah, and production of drugs