Afghan Security Forces “Shrink Sharply”: US Watchdog

(From BBC News)

The strength of the Afghan security forces has declined sharply over the past 12 months, a US government watchdog has said, amid reports of desertions and high casualty rates.

The number of security forces personnel has fallen by about 10% to just under 300,000, according to a new report.

The findings come a day after a wave of attacks killed nearly 40 people.

The defence ministry rejected the findings, telling the BBC the army had enough soldiers to fight the militants.

“We have enough soldiers, enough ANA (Afghan National Army) units, to fight the militants and other mafia groups. We reject the Sigar report on numbers. It’s not 100% fact,” a spokesman told the BBC.

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