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Afghan security forces' death toll 'shockingly high' this year

Afghan security forces' death toll 'shockingly high' this year

"Afghanistan remains in the grip of a deadly war", the SIGAR report said.

- -Of 190 countries, Afghanistan is almost last in dealing with construction permits (186), getting electricity (159), registering property (186), trading across borders (175), and enforcing contracts (180), according to the World Bank's Doing Business report.

At least 6,700 of the more than 300,000 Afghan security forces were reportedly killed a year ago as the Taliban gained territory across the country.

"The number of districts under insurgent control or influence also increased by four this quarter to 45 districts" in 15 Afghan provinces, according to SIGAR.

But he should also drop his resistance to US programs to bolster the Afghan economy and political system and to fight corruption.

The report cited an attack that killed 50 people at the Afghanistan's largest military hospital on March 8 and another that killed two investigators from the Major Crimes Task Force on April 10.

US military officials have warned 2017 would be a tough year for Afghan security forces battling the Taliban and other insurgents. "Additional thousands of Coalition personnel and contractors have also died during the conflict".

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And the casualty toll within the ranks of the ANDSF "continued to be shockingly high", the report says, with 807 killed within the first six weeks of the year.

All the numbers reflect increased violence across the country.

The report said American taxpayers had paid $48 million in the previous year alone to fund ammunition for Afghan security personnel, in addition to $32.3 billion for governance and economic development as of March 2017. An astonishing $32.3 billion has been given away by the U.S. to date to run infrastructure fix and improvements, as well as to provide what is loosely termed "economic development" in the war-torn country.

As the Trump administration engages in a review of US policy in Afghanistan, SIGAR is urging the new administration to reassess how aid is given to the country, particularly in light of rampant corruption.

"Security incidents and armed clashes increased" over the past several months and "civilian casualties reached new heights", according to SIGAR.

Announcement of summer offensive by Taliban is a sign that they still believe in war and have no intentions for peace, he claimed.

Vanda Felbab-Brown, a fellow at the Brookings Institute, said the how the Trump administration deals with the current problems growing in Afghanistan will send a signal to the world about the U.S.'s resolve in fulfilling its commitments. Traffickers provide weapons, funding, and material support to the insurgency in exchange for protection, while insurgent leaders traffic drugs to finance their operations.

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