Death toll surges as war en­ters 16th year

The Washington Times Daily - - WORLD - — Carlo Muñoz

Thou­sands of Afghan sol­diers, civil­ians and Tal­iban fight­ers have been killed in one of the blood­i­est fight­ing sea­sons of the 15-year U.S. cam­paign in the coun­try, a sober­ing har­bin­ger of what may come in the long­est war in Amer­i­can his­tory.

More than 60,000 Afghans have been in­jured or killed in 2016 in the face of a resur­gent Tal­iban, who now hold sway over two-thirds of the coun­try — the most ter­ri­tory held by the in­sur­gent group since the be­gin­ning of the war, ac­cord­ing to Kabul.

Afghan of­fi­cials de­clined to pro­vide spe­cific ca­su­alty fig­ures for the Afghan Na­tional Se­cu­rity and De­fense Forces (ANDSF), which are com­posed of the coun­try’s Army, na­tional and lo­cal po­lice forces, Voice of Amer­ica re­ported Sun­day.

Mo­ham­mad Rad­manesh, the deputy de­fense min­istry spokesman, did ac­knowl­edge the ca­su­al­ties suf­fered by ANDSF did in­crease by 10 per­cent over last year’s fig­ures.

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