Death toll among Afghan forces at 807 in Jan-Feb, says report

Miranda GreerMay 04, 2017

But he should also drop his resistance to US programs to bolster the Afghan economy and political system and to fight corruption. The high rate of war deaths has left the force weakened and incapable of running the operations necessary to win back control of Afghanistan, according to SIGAR. According to USFOR-A, the districts under Afghan government and insurgent control both increased this quarter, while the number of contested districts fell. "Additional thousands of Coalition personnel and contractors have also died during the conflict".

A recommendation is pending from the USA commander in the theater, Gen. John Nicholson, to send 3,000 or more additional US troops to the country in an attempt to break the momentum of the Taliban, which has been slowly taking ground from the Afghan government and inflicting unsustainable casualties on its security forces.

"Improving governance, not merely beefing up military efforts or attempting to counter external sponsors of terrorism in Afghanistan, is critical for the success of USA counterterrorism efforts", she said.

"U.S. and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders agree that additional troops and expanded authorities would enable their forces to provide the necessary advisory support. helping to address Afghan forces' capability gaps, assist in essential leadership development, and allow for greater oversight of the USA taxpayer dollars committed to the ANDSF", today's Inspector General report read.

Ongoing and increasing investigations into United States contractors and military officials have seen three criminal charges, two convictions, one sentencing, and a civil settlement of $40 million in just the past three months, according to the Free Beacon.

The provincial government in a statement said the Taliban insurgents killed twenty ISIS fighters during a clash in Chaparhar district.

The SIGAR report also points to a UN tally showing that civilian casualties in 2016 were the highest since the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan began recording them in 2009.

Describing the US war in Afghanistan as an unwinnable "stalemate," US General John W. Nicholson warned in February that heavy casualties among US-trained forces in the country will continue.

The Daesh terrorist group claimed responsibility for the attack Saturday night, saying they killed Daud, who was fighting against Daesh in Nangarhar, Afghanistan.

- Narcotics traffickers provide weapons, funding, and material support to the insurgency in exchange for protection, while insurgent leaders traffic drugs to finance their operations. "Opium production stands near record levels".

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