13 December 2019

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KABUL:BNA) More than 560 ISAF troops  killed Afghanistan with, the second highest number in the 10-year war against the Taliban-led insurgency.

Commanders from the Nato-led International Security Assistance Force (Isaf) say violence is declining following the US military surge which saw an extra 33,000 troops on the ground.

The death toll of coalition service personnel in 2011 was 566 and includes at least 417 from the US and 45 from Britain, according to a tally based on figures from independent website icasualties.org.

The number is down from a wartime high of 711 in 2010 after the start of the surge but up from 521 in 2009.

The toll in 2011 was added to on the final day of the year when Isaf announced a service member had died after a non-battle related incident in the south.

The fatality count has been worsened by several devastating attacks, including the car bombing of an Isaf convoy in Kabul in October which killed 17, and the shooting down of a helicopter in Wardak, south of the capital, in August in which 30 US troops perished.

But it is Afghan civilians who have paid the highest price.

The deadliest attack saw at least 80 people killed in a shrine bombing in Kabul on the day of Ashura in early December , which was carried out by Lashkar-e- Jahnkgawi.

The surge troops -- ordered in by US President Barack Obama two years ago to turn the tide in the war -- have now begun to pull out, with 10,000 already gone and the rest leaving by next autumn.

Since the US-led invasion toppled the Taliban from power in 2001, a total of 2,847 foreign troops have died in the conflict.

"We've seen a considerable reduction in enemy attacks (this year). That's a result of successes on the battle field and a reduction of their capability to attack us," said Isaf spokesman Brigadier General Carsten Jacobson.

The UN said the number of civilians killed in violence in Afghanistan rose by 15 percent in the first six months of this year to 1,462. A full-year report is due out in mid-January.

Insurgents are blamed for 80 percent of the deaths, which are mostly caused by homemade bombs or IEDs.

Nato, which says enemy attacks are down eight percent, only includes "executed attacks" and not IED finds or instances where the Taliban intimidate local people.

As security is handed over the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF), which now number more than 300,000, can also expect to take on more casualties.

Since March 21, the beginning of the Afghan year, 1,400 police, 520 soldiers and 4,275 insurgents have been killed in the conflict, according to Afghan government figures.

However, there is some optimism that the reduction in the foreign presence may in itself lead to a fall in violence.


Sunday, January 01, 2012
Kabul (BNA) German defense minister had said that, they had achieved their targets in Afghanistan.
A German magazine DER, PEGAL quoted the defense minister as saying that they have reached on getting their major targets in Afghanistan.
Firstly, we saved the country from changing in to a hideout and safe heaven for terrorist net works, particularly AL-Qaida, secondly, We trained and equipped Afghan security forces.
Currently, Afghanistan has its own powerful and strong security force, and they are capable of taking leadership of security responsibilities and to carrying out the military operations by their own.

Sunday, December 25, 2011
Kabul (BNA) The Los Angeles Times writes that the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has suspended its rockets attacks by the drone aircrafts on the insurgent’s sites inside Pakistan. 
It says that the aim for its suspension is not known and it is May for restoring of mutual trust between the two nations. 
Relations between the two nations became tense after killing of 24 Pakistani soldiers on the Pakistan-Afghan border by the NATO and US aircrafts. 
The suspension, the daily ads takes place at a time that discussions and conflicts within the US government on the hidden war of CIA by a utilization of drone aircrafts in Pakistan have intensified. 
According to Los Angeles Times, the CIA from the first days of using the drone aircrafts in 2004 was able to kill a considerable number of Al-Qaeda and hundreds of insurgents in Pakistan, while this program had caused the dismay of the Pakistani people. 
The report of the daily stresses that some sources of the State Department and the National Security of the US say that these attacks were not constructive and has brought adverse outcomes. 
They add that the lower rank insurgents can easily be brought to agreement and that the allegations of the Pakistani government on civilian casualties, rejected by the US, have lead to instability within the government of Asif Ali Zadrari.

Sunday, December 18, 2011
Kabul (BNA) The leaders of Russia and India once again expressed their support to Afghanistan. 
Manmohan Singh the Prime Minister of India and Dimitry Medvedov President of the Russian Federative during their meeting in Moscow reiterated on continued support of their countries to Afghanistan. 
In the statement released after the meeting of the Russian and Indian leaders, they declared their support for stability of Afghanistan and free of terrorism and narcotics. 
The leaders of the two countries signed a strategic long-term treaty in defense, health and technology spheres in which mention was made about Afghanistan as well. 
The statement also supports the process of security forces and emphasis is made on equipping and further training of the Afghan security forces. 
The Prime Minister of India and the Russian President supported the efforts of the Afghan government for ensuring of peace and added that any types of talks with the opposition should take place under the leadership of Afghan government.

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