ACLED-APW Report Tracking Disorder During Taliban Rule in Afghanistan

Province: Zabul

Location: Southwest 

Zabul province is located on the Kabul-Kandahar highway. Zabul province is bordered by Ghazni’s Nawa, Tora district of Paktika and Durand border to the east, Ghazni to the north, Kandahar, and parts of Uruzgan to the west and Kandahar province to the south.


Population: 1,058,940 

Area: 17,293 kilometer-squares

Ethnicity: Pashtuns

Languages: Pashto and Dari 

Armed Opposition Group(s): The Taliban, ISIS Al-Qaeda, and Lashkar-e-Taiba.

Districts Under Control of the Government: Limited territory of the province.

Districts Under Control of the Taliban: Shamlazi, Arghandab, Khakeeran (Khak-e- Afghan, Kakaran), Day Chopan, Mezana, Shajoy, Atghar, Shenkay, Nawbahar and Siyori.

Contested Districts: 

Government’s Appointed Governor for the Province: 

Taliban’s Distinct Governor for the Province: 

Major Security Incident(s):

The arrival of ISIS militants in Khak Chopan and Arghandab districts and operations against them by the Taliban

Documented Incidents Since RiV: 

Kidnap of foreign professors from the American University of Afghanistan (AUAF) were released in exchange for Haqqani Network’s leader in Zabul’s Seori district.

Causes of the War:

  • Existence of Armed Opposition Groups (AOGs)