Coffins containing the bodies of Afghan national army soldiers killed in an April 21 attack on a military base in Mazar-i-Sharif, northern Afghanistan, April 22, 2017. VOA/Reuters
Al Jazeera: 'Shockingly high' losses for Afghan forces over winter
Levels of violence generally dip in winter months, but this year Taliban carried out several major attacks, says report.
Afghan security forces were killed at a "shockingly high" rate during what has historically been a winter lull in fighting against the Taliban, according to a report by a US watchdog.
The US government's Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) says 807 troops from the Afghan National Defence and Security Forces (ANDSF) died between January 1 and February 24.
"Afghanistan remains in the grip of a deadly war. Casualties suffered by [ANDSF] in the fight against the Taliban and other insurgents continue to be shockingly high," says the report, released on Monday.
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