John Sopko told Congress Afghanistan remains in the grip of a deadly war and that casualties suffered by the ANDSF continue to be shockingly high.
Sigar Reports ‘Shockingly High’ Death Rate Among Afghan Soldiers
In his quarterly report to Congress late Sunday, the U.S Special Inspector General for Afghanistan’s reconstruction John Sopko said in the first six weeks of this year, 807 Afghan soldiers were killed in the ongoing war in the country.
The “shockingly high” death rate among security forces comes amid reports of a possible increase in troops by the U.S and NATO to the country.
The report also comes after a recent UN report indicated that 11,418 civilians were killed in the country last year – the highest since the United Nations began keeping records in 2009.
"Afghan military and police forces have grown, taken lead responsibility for the country's security, and show increased effectiveness," Sopko said in the report.
"Yet serious problems persist. A dangerous and stubborn insurgency controls or exerts influence over areas holding about a third of the Afghan population," he said.
However, the report does not include more than 140 soldiers that were killed in the recent attack on the 209 Shaheen Military Corps headquarters in Balkh province.
The report states however that between January 1 and February 24 this year, 807 ANDSF personnel were killed and 1,328 were wounded. Among these, 12 ANDSF service members were reported killed and eight wounded during 12 insider attacks.
DOD has previously reported that the majority of ANDSF casualties are the result of direct-fire attacks, with IED explosions and mine strikes accounting for much lower levels of casualties.
This report also comes just days after Taliban insurgents launched their annual spring offensive under name of "Operation Mansouri."