By Dialogo November 11, 2010 The American commander of the international forces in Afghanistan, Gen. David Petraeus, has worked out a calendar for turning over control of the country’s provinces to Afghan government forces, the British daily The Times indicated. General Petraeus’s map of Afghan provinces, which will be presented to NATO leaders at their summit in Lisbon on 19 November, has a number of “green” areas that are expected to be entrusted to Afghan forces in six months, according to the newspaper. Afghanistan is divided into thirty-four provinces, in nine of which, in the south and east, the bulk of the violence linked to the Taliban insurrection is concentrated. The map indicates that the western province of Herat is expected to quickly pass into government hands, while NATO forces are expected to spend at least two more years in the southern provinces of Kandahar and Helmand, according to the newspaper. According to Western diplomatic sources cited by The Times, General Petraeus wants the map to be kept secret because making the provinces or districts involved public could convert them into Taliban objectives. In Lisbon, General Petraeus is expected to reiterate that the transfer of power will be a gradual process involving NATO and the strengthening of Afghan forces. The Lisbon summit is expected to ratify this approach, which fulfills U.S. President Barack Obama’s promise to begin the withdrawal of American troops in July 2011. Of the three hundred districts included in the provinces, NATO hopes to be able to turn over two-thirds of them to Afghan forces without real risks.