According to the Minister of Defense Bismillah Mohammadi, Minister of Interior Umer Daudzai and the National Directorate of Security (NDS) Deputy Hasamuddin Hassam, who were summoned to the Senate on Tuesday, the current year has been the deadliest for the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF).
The officials stated that in the past six months, Taliban insurgents have conducted about 700 offensives in different parts of the country with the cooperation of their foreign and domestic counterparts.
"This year has been the deadliest year in the past 13 years. The Taliban have conducted 691 offensives this year with the cooperation of their domestic and foreign counterparts," Minister of Defense Bismillah Mohammadi said. "We had the cooperation of the NATO forces in the past; but we fought alone this year."
Minister of Interior Umer Daudzai stated that this year's war was led by foreign Taliban.
"There were many foreign Taliban this year; they were not speaking Dari or Pashto [Afghanistan's official languages]; they were speaking Urdu [Pakistan's official language]," Daudzai said.
Daudzai stated that in the first six months of the year, 955 civilians 1,523 police officers were killed and another 2,394 civilians and 2,506 police officers were injured.
The Taliban, too, have suffered from casualties. In the last six months, 5,503 Taliban insurgents have been killed and another 2,370 have been wounded.
The ANSF tackles the unprecedented rates of insurgent attacks as the forces get ready to take on the full security responsibility after the foreign troops withdraw from the country at the end of the current year.