Afghan Taliban Carrying Out 100 Attacks Per Day in Spring Offensive

Interior Ministry: Police Casualties Soaring Amid Attacks

Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid is reporting that his faction is launching more than 100 attacks “daily” in Afghanistan since the beginning of their spring offensive in late April.

The statement was issued just hours after Afghan Interior Minister Gen. Mujtaba Patang issued a statement of his own noting that the Afghan National Police (ANP) were seeing enormous casualties over the past two months, with 395 killed and 592 injured.

That’s only a fraction of the overall death toll of the conflict in Afghanistan, of course, with Taliban forces also launching attacks on politicians, pro-government tribesmen, the Afghan military, and local police forces, as well as NATO occupation troops.

The huge death toll mirrors similar tolls during past spring offensives, and suggests that the constant US claims of military “progress” in the war aren’t leading to any actual changes.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for He has 20 years of experience in foreign policy research and his work has appeared in The American Conservative, Responsible Statecraft, Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press.