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Spike in Operations of Afghan National Defence and Security Forces (ANDSF)

Published Nov 25, 2019
Updated Feb 06, 2020

Afghan National Defence and Security Forces (ANDSF) has established a fair degree of operational dominance during the campaigning season which is likely to end shortly with winter setting in.

Afghan Ministry of Interior has indicated that 2,331 joint military operations were conducted over the past eight months as per the Tolonews, a figure higher than that of the previous year.

“The operations by National Defense and Security Forces are underway and they have inflicted high casualties on the enemy,” MoD spokesman Rohullah Ahmadzai said.

A recent report by the US Special Inspector General for Afghanistan (SIGAR), indicates that Afghan forces’ casualties have increased by five percent amid a rise in violence in the first quarter of 2019.

“The security and defense forces operations have increased this year. This year, the enemy has been suppressed and weakened more than any year,” Interior Ministry spokesman Nusrat Rahimi said.

The SIGAR report, citing TAAC-Air, says the Afghan Air Forces’ average monthly flight hours this quarter (July 1 through September 30, 2019) increased by about 19 percent compared to the last reporting period (April 1 through June 30, 2019).

Meanwhile SIGAR reported that 30 insider attacks occurred within Afghan forces between June and August of 2019, which is “nearly double the number” reported last quarter. That brings this year’s total to 49 attacks, which resulted in 167 casualties, according to the report.

SIGAR’s report also reported an increase in the number of females in the Afghan security forces. The women in the Afghan security forces this quarter, according to the RS Gender Advisor Office, numbered 6,395 female personnel, which is an increase of 933 women since last quarter and about 1,900 women compared to roughly the same period in 2018.