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Number of enemy-initiated attacks in Afghanistan reached record levels in late 2019

31 January 2020
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Fighting between the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) and militant groups in Afghanistan intensified during the last three months of 2019, with the NATO-led ‘Resolute Support’ (‘RS’) mission registering a 15% increase in the number of enemy-initiated attacks (EIAs) between 1 October and 31 December 2019, compared with the same period the previous year, according to a quarterly report.

The report, released on 31 January by the US Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), revealed that ‘RS’ recorded 8,204 EIAs during those three months, adding that 37% of these were effective enemy-initiated attacks (EEIAs), resulting in ANDSF, coalition, and/or civilian casualties.

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