Military.com reports that 17 Americans died in Afghanistan last month as the Taliban tries to improve their position at the bargaining table in Qatar. Meanwhile, Stars & Stripes reports that nearly 300 Afghan police have been killed and more than 600 have been wounded in the spike in violence across the country;
[Ministry of Interior spokesman Sediq] Sediqqi also noted that 753 insurgents were killed and 300 arrested during the same period. In addition, 180 civilians died in the fighting, he said.
In contrast, casualties among the NATO-led international forces are currently at a 5-year low, an ISAF spokesperson confirmed.
As Afghan casualties mount, their Medevac capability is strained say another Stars & Stripes reporter;
The nascent air force is struggling to get off the ground just as Afghan security forces have officially taken responsibility for security across the country. At the same time, NATO air units have backed off providing evacuations and other support considered routine in the past. That has left some Afghan army and police units feeling abandoned as casualties have soared.
Yeah, well, it’s only going to get worse, guys. You should have been working all of this out over the last ten years instead of waiting to be concerned about it in the closing months of our involvement.