Taliban attacks in Afghanistan have increased since the signing of the agreement between the United States and the rebels in February 2020, indicates an official US report.
You “attacks initiated by enemies”, mainly attributed to the Taliban, went from 9,651 at the end of 2019 to 13,242 at the end of 2020, said the office of the special inspector general for the reconstruction of Afghanistan (Sigar), citing data from the NATO mission in Afghanistan.
This is the first time, since December 2019, that Sigar has published figures relating to these attacks.
Between March 1 and May 31, when the latest data were collected by the NATO mission in Afghanistan ‘Resolute Support’, before the withdrawal of most coalition forces, 10,383 attacks were recorded, of which 3,268 were fatal, according to the Follower.
At the request of the government of Kabul, the inspector general does not publish the number of casualties in the army, which includes around 300,000 individuals.
The NATO mission indicated that violence against civilians reached new records in April and May, with 705 civilians killed and 1,330 injured, a number identical to that registered in the previous three months combined.
The report attributed 93% of civilian casualties in recent months to anti-government forces, 40% to Taliban rebels, 38% to unidentified rebels, 14% to the fundamentalist group Islamic State and less than 1% to the Haqqani network (linked to the Taliban).
The document noted that the Taliban control a large number of districts in rural areas, although they do not control large cities.
“The general trend is clearly against the Afghan government” that if not reversed, it could fall, said Inspector General John Sopko, quoted in the report.
More worrying is the speed and ease with which the Taliban apparently took control of districts in the north of the country, a former opposition stronghold.” to the movement, he added.
The recent advance of the Taliban has raised fears that they could regain power, 20 years after being expelled in late 2001 by a US-led international coalition following the refusal to hand over the former leader of al-Qaeda Usama bin Laden after the 9/11 attacks.
On Sunday in Kabul, the head of US operations in Afghanistan, Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, warned that the US will keep air strikes against the Taliban, if they continue the offensive.