According to senior government sources, at least 150 Afghan troops have been killed or injured in the previous 24 hours as international soldiers exit, in a wave of Taliban insurgent strikes.
Fighting has erupted in 26 of the country’s 34 provinces, according to officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity. One said that the number of casualties was “shockingly large.”
As the US moves on with a mission to evacuate all of its remaining troops by September 11, the administration believes territorial confrontations have risen.
“Unfortunately, there have been 157 casualties among forces in the last 24 hours,” one senior official said on condition of anonymity since they were authorized to speak to the media.
Political discussions between the government and the Taliban have mostly stopped as the US withdraws its troops 20 years after the Taliban was driven from power by US airstrikes.
Both sides have accused the other of inciting assaults against civilians and failed to stop them.