Direktlänk till inlägg 16 december 2015

Afghan security worsens, casualties spike in 2015

Av loren adams - 16 december 2015 09:02

 

The report cited recent surveys showing that public confidence among Afghans in the country's security forces remained high, at 70 percent, but was down from 78 percent in March.

The Pentagon acknowledged steps by Afghan President Ashraf Ghani's government to address leadership challenges within the military, including moves to replace ineffective officers.

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The Taliban has also increased the number of effective attacks it has been able to wage by about 4 percent in the first 11 months of 2015 compared to the same period of last year. The number of effective attacks peaked at more than 1,000 in June and July.

"Insurgents are improving in their ability to find and exploit (Afghan forces') vulnerabilities, making the security situation still fragile in key areas and at risk of deterioration in other places," it said.

The report acknowledged a threat from Islamic State forces in Afghanistan, far from the Islamist militant group's stronghold in Iraq and Syria. Islamic State has seized pockets of terrain from the Taliban in Nangarhar province, it said.

In September, Islamic State attacked a U.N vehicle and, in a single day, struck 10 Afghan security force checkpoints in Nangarhar province, it noted.

"The group continues to recruit disaffected Taliban and formerly Taliban-aligned fighters, most notably the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan,

 
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