Afghanistan: Life under Attack

Tuesday 10th July 2018 08:51:08 in English News by Tafatiraha Guud
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Afghanistan: Life under Attack

Ashraf Ghanibecame Afghan president in 2014, with security as one of his main challenges.

He succeeded Hamid Karzai in the first democratic transition of power since theTalibanwere removed by the US andNATO-led forces in 2001.

The decision by the US-led International Security Assistance Force to end their combat mission in December 2014 pitted Ghani administration against the Taliban fighters.

The Taliban fighters have carried out deadly attacks against government forces and installations across the country, exacting a heavy toll on Afghan people.

The NATO combat mission named, "Resolute Support", has stepped up the use of air raids and continued to train and equip of the Afghan army and police, but that has barely improved the security situation.

In recent years, the rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) group has added another dimension to the security situation on the ground.

The ISIL group has carried out one of the bloodiest attacks this year against security forces and civilians, with an increase in sectarian attacks in the country.

President Ghani's offer of talks with the Taliban and the recent Eid ceasefire has hardly yielded results, with at least 50 soldiers killed in the 18-day period of the ceasefire.

Since 2016, when Al Jazeera started documenting violence in the country, more than 2,000 people have been killed, including at least 328 people this year alone, in violence committed by the Taliban, ISIL, US-led forces and Afghan forces.

The Taliban are responsible for 48 percent of violent attacks between 2016 and 2018, according to Al Jazeera data.

More than 30,000 people have died in the 17 years of bloody war.

Source:Al Jazeera