250 Soldiers Killed in 3 Weeks: TOLOnews Investigation

Kunduz is one of the unstable areas which have suffered heavy clashes over the past few months.

Assessments conducted by TOLOnews indicate that 250 Afghan security force members were killed and over 300 more were wounded in 220 attacks staged by the Taliban over the past three weeks in eleven provinces of the country.

The assessment indicates that the majority of casualties among the government forces occurred in the north and southeast regions of the country.

The Afghan government does not want to provide an exact detail about the casualties of the government forces, but insists that the Taliban’s casualties “are double” that of casualties among Afghan forces.

Under the US-Taliban peace agreement which was signed in Doha on February 29, the Taliban committed to not stage attacks on the key highways and provincial capitals. However, over the recent days, Zabul-Kandahar, Baghlan-Samangan and Kabul-Nangarhar highways have witnessed massive attacks by the Taliban.

“Always there is war going on, our cars are hit the bullets, there is war everywhere, where should we go?” asked Ahmad Manan, a driver on the Samangan-Baghlan highway.

“Over the past two weeks, nearly 100 security force members were killed,” said Amruddin Wali, a member of the Kunduz provincial council.

Kunduz is one of the unstable areas which have suffered heavy clashes over the past few months.

Eleven provinces of the country have suffered a massive death toll in the past three weeks.

“As a result of a mine explosion by the armed opponents, the police commander of Khas district of Uruzgan, the commander of local police and a unit commander of the army were martyred,” said Zalgay Ebadi, a spokesman for Uruzgan’s governor.

“Over the past two weeks the armed opponents have increased their attacks on the provincial and district level,” said Aminullah Ahmadzai, the commander of Ghor province’s police.

It seems that after the signing of the peace deal with the US, the Taliban was not willing to capture strategic areas and instead the group focused on inflicting a massive casualties on Afghan forces.

“The Taliban leaders under the pressure of Qatar, Pakistan and the US want to portray themselves as committed to the peace agreement,” said Jawed Kohistani, a military analyst.

The recent waves of violence have also led to a surge in Afghan civilian casualties. Last week, the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) expressed alarm over a “rising number of civilian casualties.”

250 Soldiers Killed in 3 Weeks: TOLOnews Investigation