Afghan President Ashraf Ghani says greater than 45,000 members of the nation’s safety forces have been killed since he turned chief in 2014.
The determine is way greater than beforehand thought, with Mr Ghani saying late final yr that 28,000 had been killed since 2015.
“The variety of worldwide casualties is lower than 72,” he mentioned on Friday. “It exhibits who’s doing the combating.”
His feedback come amid top-level talks between US and Taliban representatives.
The Taliban, the principle rebel group in Afghanistan, mentioned on Thursday that they’d held 4 days of face-to-face talks with US officers looking for to finish 17 years of warfare.
It’s not clear if the talks have continued into Friday, however earlier stories mentioned negotiators have been progressing in direction of a deal.
“Since I’ve develop into president… over 45,000 Afghan safety personnel have paid the final word sacrifice,” Mr Ghani mentioned at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
“We have to get a steady Afghanistan that may make sure the safety of People, Europeans, and others on the one hand, however extra basically our personal democratic rights and establishments,” he added.
His current choice to disclose the demise toll is uncommon, as officers have beforehand withheld these figures as they’re deemed too delicate, the New York Instances stories.
Evaluation by Anbarasan Ethirajan, BBC South Asia Regional Editor
It is a staggering casualty determine – practically 30 deaths a day – for any army.
A file variety of Afghan police and troops have been killed since most worldwide fight troops withdrew from the nation by the tip of 2014.
The admission from Mr Ghani got here throughout a foul week for the forces.
A couple of days in the past, a devastating attack on an intelligence training centre killed more than forty troops. The daring assault befell round 50 km (30 miles) from the capital, Kabul.
Afghan officers could justify the excessive casualty fee, saying they’re now doing a lot of the combating – not the worldwide forces. However many analysts have described the present demise fee as unsustainable and totally demoralising for the Afghan army.
Army observers say that Afghan troopers are unfold too skinny on the bottom and the Taliban exploit this by attacking remoted posts, examine factors and bases with ferocity.
The Taliban really feel that the momentum is on their facet, and that is why they’re speaking to the US, however refusing to have interaction with the Kabul authorities.
The Taliban’s energy and attain have surged since international fight troops left Afghanistan in 2014.
The US/Nato-backed army is struggling to manage, and assaults have gotten extra frequent and far deadlier.
Massive components of provinces like Helmand and Kandahar – the place lots of of US, UK and different international troops have been killed – are actually beneath Taliban management.
In the meantime, civilian casualties are at an unprecedented degree. In response to the UN, greater than 10,000 civilians have been killed or injured in 2017.