Deaths of Afghan security forces outstrip NATO's 5-1
30 July, 2012
KABUL: According to latest figures, Afghan security forces have been dying at five times the rate of NATO soldiers, as Taliban insurgents stepped up the attacks ahead of the withdrawal of foreign troops in 2014. Government figures showed that compared to 165 NATO troops, 853 Afghan soldiers and police were killed in the past four months. President Hamid Karzai had already warned in May that the Afghan death toll would rise, as the US-led troops would start withdrawing. ISAF and Afghanistan's interior ministry have noted a surge of 11 percent in attacks in recent months. Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Seddiqi said that there had been a surge in casualties suffered by police in the past four months with 635 killed and 1,246 wounded. He said that 1,730 insurgents had also been killed over the same period.
Author and analyst Waheed Mujda said that the government has underplayed casualties in their statistics because they did not want to demoralise the forces. He said a more realistic figure had been presented earlier this month by a former chief of the National Directorate of Security, Amrullah Saleh, who said more than 1,800 members of the Afghan security forces were killed in the previous three months.
Defence Ministry sources, however, said that 218 Afghan soldiers had been killed during that time. Police, which has been playing a paramilitary role in the war-torn country, were more exposed to insurgent attacks in local areas where they were always on the roads or manning small check-posts.