From TOLO, we learn the North is improving, by way of a story about security threats decreasing. What that actually means they never actually say: a Ministry of Interior official is quoted discussing new operations, a new literacy program for the police, and “trying to provide security for construction projects.”
The title for this piece is, “Security Threats Decrease in Northern Afghanistan,” and that is indeed the message the officials were trying to get across. But in paragraph 8, TOLO lets slip, “Recently security in northern parts was deteriorating, but security offensives seem to be working to root out insurgents in their footholds.”
Indeed! No one doubts that there have been more operations in the North. They just haven’t made the North any safer yet. But officials think the threats have decreased. Or something. Make sense? This is momentum, people. We’re so there.