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9/3/2013 (2 years ago)

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Poorly equipped local troops falter in war with Taliban insurgents

The slow withdrawal of NATO forces from Afghanistan has proved that the surrounding infrastructure remains weak and fragile. The death of police in Afghanistan has doubled this year, in addition to the poorly equipped, inexperienced local troops fighting Taliban insurgents.

Wishing to maintain morale, the Afghan government has been slow to publish regular casualty numbers and no longer publishes death tolls for the army.

Wishing to maintain morale, the Afghan government has been slow to publish regular casualty numbers and no longer publishes death tolls for the army.


By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (

9/3/2013 (2 years ago)

Published in Asia Pacific

Keywords: Afghanistan, Taliban, NATO, withdrawal, police

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Territories still remain firmly under Taliban control after nearly 12 years of coalition forces. Afghan troops here are still heavily reliant on foreign air support, especially in remote areas. The Afghan troops' far lighter vehicles make them especially vulnerable to roadside bombs.
Wishing to maintain morale, the Afghan government has been slow to publish regular casualty numbers and no longer publishes death tolls for the army.
New Interior Minister Umer Daudzai did reveal in a speech this week that 1,792 police have been killed since March, most of them by roadside bombs. The same number died in the preceding 12 months.
Afghanistan has one of the highest police death rates in the world. This poses further questions over how the government will be able to keep the Taliban at bay once foreign troops have withdrawn fully from Afghanistan at the end of 2014.
"In the last six months of this (Islamic calendar) year 1,792 Afghan policemen have lost their lives and over 2,700 were wounded," Daudzai said.
Daudzai say that one of his chief concerns as minister was caring for the families of police who had lost their lives.
NATO says that they plan to keep a slimmed-down training and advisory mission in Afghanistan after 2014. The United States along with other NATO allies have been slow to provide detailed numbers of troops for the force.
The United States has been putting pressure on Afghanistan to finalize a bilateral security agreement (BSA), which will mandate how many, and where, U.S. soldiers will remain once the NATO mission ends. 


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