Over 1,000 Afghan army soldiers killed in six months
By Sayed Jawad - Fri Jan 25 2013, 8:16 pm
According to reports at least 1,100 Afghan national army soldies have been killed during the last six months as Afghan security forces have taken majority of the security control from the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force.
The statistics have been provided by NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) commanders to the British defense ministry, Guardian reported.
This comes as British Defense Minister Philip Hammond and Gen. Richard Barrons were due to brief British lawmakers regarding security imrprovements in Afghanistan.
Philip Hammond said the statistics shows an increase in Afghan army casualties and Afghan troops escaping from their duties as compared to last year.
He said, “Afghan army casualties have considerbaly increased as they have taken security control in major cities and provinces of Afghanistan.”
Gen. Richard Barrons also said roadside improvised explosive device (IED) attacks are the main motive behind increasing casualties of the Afghan security forces.
Afghan government officials last year also confirmed that over 80% of the Afghan security forces casualties are due to roadside improvised explosive device explosions.
In the meantime the British Gen. Richard Barrons said lack of proper logistics and health care program are also main reasons behind growing Afghan security forces casualties.
He also said Afghan security forces fleeing from their duties also increased by 3.1% in October last year.
Gen. Richard Barrons insisted that Afghan security forces should have proper leadership, better wage roll and food, and also further steps should be taken to reduce corruption in a bid to encourage Afghan security forces not to flee from their duties.
Also British defense minister Philip Hammond pointed towards the recent attacks by militants in capital Kabul and warned that the militants are in a better position.
He said the international community is expecting that Afghan security forces will be able to have better capabilities to control main and important locations after NATO troops leave in 2014.