Sunday, 17 February, 2019


UN Security Council condemns terror attacks in Afghanistan

UN Security Council condemns terror attacks in Afghanistan UN Security Council condemns terror attacks in Afghanistan
Bennie Garza | 02 May, 2018, 01:29

Kabul controls 56.3 percent of the districts, with the remaining areas contested. The total authorized force strength of the ANDSF is 334,000.

Government forces control 56.3 percent of the country, where about 14,000 US troops are deployed.

The latest report from the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) paints a grim picture of the security situation in the war-torn country, and comes even as the Pentagon asserts that Afghan troops and US-led North Atlantic Treaty Organisation forces are making steady progress in the gruelling, 16.5-year-old conflict.

The attacks in rapid succession were a grim reminder of the strength of both the Taliban and Daesh's emerging Afghanistan branch to wreak violence despite stepped up air attacks under US President Donald Trump's new policy for the 16-year-old war.

USA intelligence officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said that despite extensive U.S. training and support, the vast majority of Afghan forces are incapable of preventing the Taliban from retaking much of the territory the militant group lost after the United States invaded the country in 2001.

Twin suicide blasts, claimed by the ISIS, in the Afghan capital Kabul on Monday killed 25 people, including 10 journalists, in what Reporters Without Borders said was the most lethal single attack on the media since the fall of the Taliban.

The war on drugs isn't working: Even will a multi-billion-dollar global effort to combat Afghanistan's narcotics production, the total land area that's actually used for opium-poppy cultivation increased by 63% during last year's growing season, while raw opium production soared by an estimated 88%.

As for munitions, the first quarter of 2018 saw 1,186 bombs dropped, "the highest number recorded for this period since reporting began in 2013, and. over two and a half times the amount dropped in the first quarter of 2017", SIGAR states. The Afghan National Army saw a 4,818 person decrease.

Reacting to the report Tuesday, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis insisted the Afghan military is being made more capable. "And these are the most effective forces, so the expansion there is why the enemy has been unable to take any district centers, any provincial centers or make any advances there". "We'll stand by the Afghan government and the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation mission will continue as we drive them to a political settlement", Mattis added. The organization provides quarterly updates to lawmakers. For instance, the latest SIGAR report contained data about who controls what districts in Afghanistan.

"While Afghan forces are stronger now than they were a decade ago, they continue to struggle in a big way".

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