April 18, 2011
Isaf on Monday said Insurgents have lost the potential to “challenge” Afghan forces and foreign troops in the war amid a dramatic surge in Taliban-led violence.
At a joint press conference with Nato Senior Civilian Representative’s spokesperson, Dominic Medley, in Kabul Isaf Spokesperson Gen. Josef Blotz said 60 percent of insurgent-led attacks target civilians, tribal elders, religious leaders and government officials.
General Blotz said this year’s statistics indicate an increase in assaults striking civilians, tribal leaders and government officials.
“Insurgents not able to challenge Afghan national security forces and Isaf forces to any significant degree continue to assassinate Afghan patriots and religious leaders,” Gen. Blotz told reporters.
While emphasising on Nato’s long-term cooperation to Afghanistan Nato’s Senior Civilian Representative Spokesperson Dominic Medley pointed out to the new phase of progress unfolding in the country.
“New phase is taking place in Afghanistan as the country progresses on its road to peace, stability and security and that new phase is the joint strategy with Afghanistan and Nato,” Mr Medley said.
Blotz said the man who targeted 201st ANA Corps in Laghman province was an army recruit. But he refused to shed light on the attacker’s military rank.
On Saturday 201st ANA Corps in Laghman province was targeted by a suicide bomber, dressed in ANA uniform, and killed 4 Afghan soldiers, 7 foreign troops and hurt eight others.