In Afghanistan, Security Incidents And Civilian Casualties At Record Highs

SIGAR Details 'Shockingly High' Casualties, Worsening Security

A new report from the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) is the latest in a long line of reports detailing the ongoing woes of both the US war in Afghanistan, and the failures of the “reconstruction” effort on both a civilian and military level.

Unsurprisingly, for anyone keeping track of the war in Afghanistan, the news keeps getting worse, with SIGAR noting that civilian casualties are at their highest level since they started keeping track, and that casualties among Afghan forces remain “shockingly high.”

SIGAR noted the Afghan forces are facing “unsustainable” casualties, corrupt leadership, losses of territory, and weakness in logistics, and that’s just the start of their problems, with about 35% of the Afghan military’s recruits leaving within their first year.

This comes amid reports that the Pentagon is considering sending between 3,000 and 5,000 more combat troops to Afghanistan, while NATO is also talking about sending as many as 13,000 troops overall to the country to try to slow the mounting losses.

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.