Decline in Afghan Forces Casualties, Support US Troop Withdrawal.
Acting Interior Minister Massoud Andarabi on 12 December said that the Afghan defense and security forces’ casualties decreased by 10 percent during the ongoing campaigning, even as the operations by the security forces have spiked by 24 percent and the
Taliban has launched 12 percent more attacks during the year.
No detailed statistics have been provided to justify the statements but if the same is taken at face value then progress achieved by the security forces is commendable.
“This year Afghan security forces suppressed the Taliban and naturalized their “Al-Fatha” offensive,” Andarabi claimed as per the Pahjwok Afghan News report. The Afghan forces launched Operation Khalid which has seen a spike in the ground as well as air strikes and drone operations.
At the same time in some pockets as Kunduz increase in the casualties among the security forces have been flagged with at least 26 security forces were killed and 40 others wounded as a result Taliban strikes in the recent past.
The performance of the Afghan Defence and Security Forces (ANDSF) may encourage the US to reduce the troops from the present strength of approximately 14,000 of which a majority are deployed with the Resolute Support Mission for training and mentoring of the Afghan forces.