‘Afghan forces coping in a very difficult environment ‘
WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): Noting that the Taliban no longer pose an existential threat to the government of Afghanistan, a top Pentagon official have said on Monday this year Afghan forces are coping with a very difficult environment.
Now that the Afghan National security Forces are in control of the country’s security, the Taliban this summer has been testing their strength this summer, the US Undersecretary of Defense for Policy, Christine E. Wormuth, told a Washington audience.
Speaking at an event organized by the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Wormuth said Afghan forces are absorbing the blows this fighting season, as the Taliban has resorted to the hit and run attack tactics.
Wormuth said the strategy of the Taliban now is to launch high-profile attacks which are "aimed at harming innocent civilians and trying to undermine the credibility of the government in Kabul. Afghan forces are absorbing the blows in the fighting season, she said. "Those casualty rates are up ... because the Afghan security forces are actually increasing their operational tempo -- they are doing more, they are taking the fight to the enemy," she said.
"A few of the commanders I talked to out there said the whole concept of a fighting season may not really have the same meaning it used to. The periods of fighting are not constrained to a point on the calendar as they once were," she said.
Wormuth said Afghan forces have been experiencing high casualty rates mostly in remote parts of the country. “We've actually seen when the Afghans go on the offensive ... against the Taliban, they have much lower casualty rates," she said.
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