President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has said over 45,000 Afghan forces have lost their lives since he assumed office as the president of the country in 2014.

“Thirdly, since I have become president, a hundred thousand troops left. Over 45,000 Afghan security personnel have paid the ultimate sacrifice,” President Ghani said during a discussion with journalist Fareed Zakaria on the sidelines of World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

He said “The number of international casualties is less than 72. So it shows you who is doing the fighting and the support is mutual. We need to get a stable Afghanistan as an entity that can ensure security of America and Europe and others on the one hand, but more fundamentally our own democratic rights and institutions and our right to live in peace and harmony.”

President Ghani had earlier said around 28,000 Afghan soldiers have lost their lives until the start of 2019.

The latest revelation by President Ghani comes as the Taliban militants have increased their attacks against the security forces during the recent years.

More than 36 security personnel lost their lives and dozens were wounded in a coordinated Taliban attack on a security base in central Maidan Wardak province few days earlier.

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