The escalation of fighting has sent the casualties of civilians as well as of both sides to the conflict worryingly high.
The fall of districts has become a routine matter. Every week, there are reports about districts falling to the insurgents, and then retaken by government forces. The Taliban’s capture of districts and government checkpoints has become a tool for them to seize military vehicles and large cache of weapons, which are then used against ANDSF. Also in some instances, covert deals are blamed for the fall of regions and districts to the Taliban, with some reports suggesting that some military officials leave checkpoints to the Taliban in exchange for money, but yet leaders of the government not only do not question them, but also send them elsewhere, and even recognize their performance sometimes. This unfavorable practice has led to the incapability of ANDSF to repel insurgent offensives despite spending billions of dollars on them. Given the past bitter experiences, the government has to bring substantial reform in the security apparatus, and delegate the management of war to capable individuals.
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