US watchdog sees few signs of progress in Afghanistan Kabul, Afghanistan – The US-backed government in Afghanistan has lost control…
Kabul, Afghanistan – The US-backed government in Afghanistan has lost control or influence of a record number of districts, as the country’s thinly stretched security forces sustain record casualties, a US government watchdog said Wednesday.
The figures represented a bleak progress report on the U.S.’s longest war, now in its 18th year;
SIGAR said Afghanistan’s army and police “made minimal or no progress in the pressure of the Taliban” from July 1
to Sept. .
“Notably, Afghan government control or influence of its districts reached the lowest level (55.5%) since SIGAR began tracking district control in November 2015, “the report said.
These districts include about two-thirds of Afghanistan’s population. Kabul’s goal is to control or influence areas where 80 percent of the country’s 33 million people live in the end of 2019.
Meanwhile, 3.5 million people lived in areas controlled or influenced by insurgents – a slight decrease since last quarter – while
Sinds 2015, bijna een jaar na de NAVO overgang van een campagne tot een gericht op opleiding en advisering Afghanen, de aantallen hebben in totaal getoond insurgent gains.
Some military analysts say these gains are even more substantial than the US military reports.
A study by the Long War Journal, published by the Nonpartisan Group Foundation for Defense of Democracies, found that a little over half of Afghanistan’s people live in districts outside of government control. Meanwhile, Afghan forces are also struggling to maintain force strength, the SIGAR report stated.
In July, the security forces consisted of 312,328 personnel – including 194,017 in the Afghan National Army and Air Force, and 118,311 in the Afghan National Police – De laveste styrke rapporteres for sammenlignelige perioder siden 2012.
Total var ned 8.827 siden samme periode sidste år. The decline places Afghan forces at roughly 40,000 people below their target strength of 352,000, SIGAR said.
Casualties among soldiers and policemen were one of the main reasons for the dip, according to the Defense Department. Men, det eksakte antallet soldater og politiets dødsår har i dag været uklart, siden casualtiske tal har været klassificeret siden september 2017 på Kabuls anmodning.
When questioned by SIGAR about casualty numbers, NATO’s Resolute Support Mission said: “From de periode van mei 1 tot de meest actuele data als van oktober. 1, 2018, the average number of casualties suffered is the greatest ever has been during like periods. “
Speaking at the U.S. Institute of Peace on Tuesday, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said over 1,000 Afghan security forces were killed or injured in August and September.
Despite the congressional concerns about clarity in the war, the Defense Department classified even more data on Afghan forces in recent months , including the exact number of female personnel and all information about Afghan army and police attrition, SIGAR said. “SIGAR continues to urge transparency in data relating to the security aspects of Afghanistan reconstruction,” the report said.
For the first time , the watchdog this quarter requested detailed civilian casualty data from the NATO mission.
The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan has documented civilian casualties in Afghanistan since 2009. The findings are routinely disputed by the US Military, which uses different reporting methods.
In its latest report in October, UNAMA documented 8,050 civilian casualties during the first nine months of the year, including 313 deaths and 336 injuries caused by U.S. and Afghan airstrikes.
The NATO mission, meanwhile, recorded just 5,500 civilian casualties between Jan. 1 and Aug. 15, and only 102 of those were caused by airstrikes – 29 by U.S. strikes and 73 by Afghan strikes.