US-backed Afghan militiamen joining Taliban
Mon Jul 30, 2012 9:56PM
He said that "the government has the responsibility to disarm these militia groups and other illegal armed groups.”The US-led war in Afghanistan began in October 2001. The offensive removed the Taliban from power, but insecurity continues to rise across Afghanistan, despite the presence of about 130,000 US-led troops. Roadside bombs and improvised explosive devices are by far the most lethal weapon Taliban militants use against foreign troops.
The high number of military casualties in Afghanistan has intensified opposition in the United States and other NATO member states to the protracted war in the country.According to the independent website, icasualties.org, 266 foreign soldiers, 201 of them US personnel, have lost their lives in Afghanistan so far this year. A total of 566 US-led forces died in Afghanistan in 2011. However, 2010 remains the deadliest year on record for foreign military casualties, with a death toll of 711. GJH/AS