The Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) suffered “slightly” more casualties between 1 June and 31 October 2019 than during the same period the previous year, according to the US Department of Defense’s (DoD’s) latest semi-annual report to Congress on Afghanistan.
Released on 23 January, the December 2019 edition of the Pentagon report ‘Enhancing Security and Stability in Afghanistan’ states that “the majority of ANDSF casualties continue to be the result of direct-fire attacks at checkpoints”, with improvised explosive device (IED) attacks and mine strikes contributing to overall casualties, but “at a lower level”.
The 89 page-long report, however, did not reveal the exact number of ANDSF casualties during that period, as this figure – along with other ANDSF-related data such as performance assessments and operational readiness – remains classified.
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