Afghan police deaths double as foreign troops withdraw
03 September, 2013
KABUL: Police deaths in Afghanistan have doubled this year after withdrawing US-led forces handed security of the war-ravaged country to poorly equipped local troops with less frontline experience fighting Taliban insurgents.
Almost twelve years after coalition forces invaded Afghanistan, swathes of territory are firmly under Taliban control and Afghan troops are still heavily reliant on foreign air support, particularly in remote areas. Their lighter vehicles make them particularly vulnerable to roadside bombs.
The Afghan government has been reluctant to publish regular casualty numbers. It no longer publishes death tolls for the army. Interior Ministry figures published on Monday showed 1,792 police have been killed since March, most of them by roadside bombs.