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Jan-03-2014 11:54printcomments

NATO Forces Casualties in Afghanistan Lowest in Six years

At least 1,788 US troops have been killed and some 19,541 in various incidents since the start of the U.S. invasion in 2001 through Dec. 30 in Afghanistan, according the US Defense Department.

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U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan during a prayer before a mission.
Salem-News.com photo by Tim King

(KABUL) - The US-led coalition security forces suffered the lowest number of casualties in Afghanistan in 2013, as compared to the past six years, the Associated Press reported.

However, Afghan national security forces casualties have significantly during the year, as Afghan forces took security responsibilities and combat lead across the country.

At least 151 coalition forces have been killed in various incidents across the country in 2013, while 394 coalition service members were killed i 2012, according to a tally by Associated Press.

At least 2,767 Afghan army and police officers have been killed in 2013, which shows an increase as compared to last year where 1,870 Afghan national security forces were killed.

Security transition from NATO forces to Afghan security forces is believed to be the main reason behind growing casualties among the Afghan forces, who are now leading the combat operations against the insurgents across the country.


The militants in Afghanistan also continue to their attacks both against the Afghan and coalition security forces. At least 3 NATO service members were killed in capital Kabul last week, after a suicide bomber targeted a convoy of the NATO troops.

Afghan civilian casualties have also increased by 10 percent as compared to last year. According to a United Nations report, at least 2,730 civilians were killed and 5,169 others were wounded through the end of November this year.

In the meantime, the number of insider attacks by Afghan security forces against it’s international allies have significally decreased during the year, while the year 2012 was the worst year where 53 coalition troops were killed in 38 separate incidents.

Maj. Gen. Joseph Osterman, director of operations for the coalition credited the Afghan national security forces for reducing the insider attacks. “They put in much more robust screening processes, education processes, and at the local level, just awareness of soldiers who were potential ‘green-on-blue’ perpetrators,” Osterman quoted by Associated Press said.

At least 1,788 US troops have been killed and some 19,541 in various incidents since the start of the U.S. invasion in 2001 through Dec. 30 in Afghanistan, according the US Defense Department.

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