Security incidents and terror attacks have been reduced by 12 percent during the first six months
Terror Attacks Down, Casualties Up in First Six Months of 2016: Report
Security incidents and terror attacks have been reduced by 12 percent during the first six months of 2016, according to TOLOnews' bi-annual security report for January to June 2016.
However, Afghan forces have suffered an increase of 15% in casualties (1,706). Casualties in the Army are up by 1,086 (37% higher) and the police 453 (30% down), says the TOLOnews report.
Anti-government elements suffered 7 000 casualties, the Afghanistan National Security Forces (ANSF) 1 700. There have also been 539 civilian casualties.
While 2016 was predicted to be a year of violence, the TOLOnews' report shows some improvement in the security situation.
TOLOnews documents 4,209 security incidents in the first half of 2016, a 12% decrease compared to the same period last year.
The top-5 most volatile provinces were: Nangarhar (508 security incidents), Kunduz (275), Kandahar (271), Helmand (264) and Baghlan (255).
In the first six months of 2016, the insurgent Taliban also suffered heavy casualties, including the killing of the group's former leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour as well as the killing of one member of Taliban's Quetta Shura.
In addition, six provincial governors, 13 district chiefs, 48 commanders and 214 group leaders were killed.
According to the report, government forces' counter-terrorism operations were reduced by 13 percent during this period. At the same time the activities of armed opponents also dropped by 26 percent compared to first six months of 2015.
Air operations of the foreign and Afghan forces against insurgents were increased by 75 percent during first six months of 2015.
"Until the military interference in Afghanistan is halted, until the Taliban enter the political negotiations, until there is are firm political commitments in place and those commitments are fulfilled, war conditions in Afghanistan are likely to remain unchanged," senator Mohammad Alam Ezidyar said.
The Afghan and foreign forces conducted 2275 military operations, including 584 arrests and surveillance activities. A total of 187 air strikes were conducted against insurgents.
The insurgents conducted 493 face-to-face attacks. There were 193 landmine explosions, 129 other violent incidents, 37 suicide attacks and 37 mortar attacks.
"In 2015 we remained in defensive positions while the enemy tried to attack Afghan security forces. This year, the Afghan security forces have been pursuing the enemy," said Sediq Sediqqi, spokesman to ministry of defense.
According to the report, the Afghan security forces' main focus was to improve the sovereignty of the government in remote regions of the country while insurgents were also trying to gain swaths of terrain in remote areas.