Afghan recruits shortly before graduation from the Kabul Military Training Center. Yochi Dreazen/The Wall Street Journal

UPI: Afghan forces suffer record losses amid U.S., coalition drawdown

U.S. and Afghan officials told USA Today that Afghan security forces are averaging more than 300 casualties per week.

KABUL, Afghanistan, May 3 (UPI) -- Casualties among Afghan security forces have spiked this year as the United States and its coalition partners draw down their presence in Afghanistan, officials say.

About 330 Afghan soldiers and police are killed or wounded each week in Taliban attacks, U.S. and Afghan officials told USA Today, and the level of casualties among those forces in the first 15 weeks of 2015 is 70 percent higher than it was during the same period last year.

The spike comes as coalition forces gradually withdraw from the country.

WNU Editor: As for those Afghan soldiers/police officers who survive their injuries but are crippled for life .... the future looks very grim .... Maimed Defending Afghanistan, Then Neglected (New York Times).

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