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Afghanistan Faces Unprecedented Attacks: Report

TOLOnews' security report for the first six months of 2015 found that the Afghan forces have faced mounting challenges over the past six months, following the NATO forces' drawdown in December last year.

A visible change in war tactics by armed insurgents has been recorded following the take over of full responsibility of security by the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF), the report said, which is compiled monthly on the basis of government-issued figures and statements.

About 5,363 insecurity incidents occurred between January and end June, the report stated noting that insurgents have, in this period, focused more on group attacks, which in most cases, resulted in the collapse of several districts.

June alone recorded 1,068 incidents - which was, according to the report, the only month this year that saw a slight decline in insecurity incidents compared to May which experienced 1,096 occurrences.

"This is a war, and in this war, regional spy agencies are involved," deputy spokesman of Ministry of Defense (MoD) Dawlat Waziri told TOLOnews. "But our forces will never lose their control."

The Afghan forces conducted 2,719 anti-insurgent operations during the past six months, the report indicates. In addition, the Afghan forces also launched 107 air strikes on insurgent hideouts.

Helmand with 448 insecurity incidents during the period topped the list of most unsafe provinces, followed by Kandahar, Nangarhar, Herat, Kunduz, Uruzgan, Faryab, Ghazni, Sar-e-Pul and Kabul.

Bamiyan with seven and Panjshir with only two incidents were among the safe provinces, the report stated.

"In general, the security forces had only responsive actions during the last six months," said Abbas Hussaini of TOLOnews, who prepared the report.

The report saw 563 attacks by the insurgents, 341 incidents of mine explosions and bombings and 60 suicide attacks, in the past six months.

A total of 14,597 insurgents including foreign militants were reportedly killed during the period.

About 1,485 ANSF members, 917 civilians and four foreign soldiers were also killed in these attacks.

In addition, rise of fast-growing Daesh militants was the other major threat to the Afghan government. Daesh fighters have been sighted in a number of areas in the country, causing panic among the war-hit Afghans.

However, the security agencies recently formed a special unit to fight Daesh – in what appears to be government's first action against the group that has seized large areas in Iraq and Syria.

Afghanistan Faces Unprecedented Attacks: Report

TOLOnews' security report for the first six months of 2015 found that the Afghan forces have faced

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TOLOnews' security report for the first six months of 2015 found that the Afghan forces have faced mounting challenges over the past six months, following the NATO forces' drawdown in December last year.

A visible change in war tactics by armed insurgents has been recorded following the take over of full responsibility of security by the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF), the report said, which is compiled monthly on the basis of government-issued figures and statements.

About 5,363 insecurity incidents occurred between January and end June, the report stated noting that insurgents have, in this period, focused more on group attacks, which in most cases, resulted in the collapse of several districts.

June alone recorded 1,068 incidents - which was, according to the report, the only month this year that saw a slight decline in insecurity incidents compared to May which experienced 1,096 occurrences.

"This is a war, and in this war, regional spy agencies are involved," deputy spokesman of Ministry of Defense (MoD) Dawlat Waziri told TOLOnews. "But our forces will never lose their control."

The Afghan forces conducted 2,719 anti-insurgent operations during the past six months, the report indicates. In addition, the Afghan forces also launched 107 air strikes on insurgent hideouts.

Helmand with 448 insecurity incidents during the period topped the list of most unsafe provinces, followed by Kandahar, Nangarhar, Herat, Kunduz, Uruzgan, Faryab, Ghazni, Sar-e-Pul and Kabul.

Bamiyan with seven and Panjshir with only two incidents were among the safe provinces, the report stated.

"In general, the security forces had only responsive actions during the last six months," said Abbas Hussaini of TOLOnews, who prepared the report.

The report saw 563 attacks by the insurgents, 341 incidents of mine explosions and bombings and 60 suicide attacks, in the past six months.

A total of 14,597 insurgents including foreign militants were reportedly killed during the period.

About 1,485 ANSF members, 917 civilians and four foreign soldiers were also killed in these attacks.

In addition, rise of fast-growing Daesh militants was the other major threat to the Afghan government. Daesh fighters have been sighted in a number of areas in the country, causing panic among the war-hit Afghans.

However, the security agencies recently formed a special unit to fight Daesh – in what appears to be government's first action against the group that has seized large areas in Iraq and Syria.

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