Over the last couple of years the number of victims of attacks on religious grounds in Afghanistan has increased dramatically. This is stated in the annual report on the state of Affairs in this middle Eastern country, compiled by the UN Mission for assistance to Afghanistan (UNAMA).

From the beginning of 2016 to 7 November 2017, UN staff recorded about 850 casualties, of which 273 are lost. Just marked more than 50 attacks, almost twice the number of attacks over the same periods in 2010.

“The last attack occurred about three weeks ago in two Shiite mosques: one in Kabul and another in the Central province of Ghor. Then they killed 72 people”, – stated in the message.

Until 2015 “religious” violence was rare in Afganstan, however, with the emergence in the country of the factions of the terrorist network Islamic state, the number of casualties among the Shiite population has increased dramatically.

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16 years ago, after the terrorist attacks of September 11, the US army entered Afghanistan to overthrow the Taliban administration and members of the terrorist network al-Qaeda. At the end of 2014 to replace the armed forces of the international coalition in the country came to non-combat operation Resolute Support Alliance (Strong support).

Government forces now control about 60% of the territory of Afghanistan, the Taliban and other Islamist groups – about 10%. Almost a third of the territory – 30% – fighting, or these areas are simply “abandoned” by the parties to the conflict. About 3 million people live in the territories controlled by the Islamists (approximately 10 of the population), 21 million – under the authority of the government.

In August 2017, trump said that Washington changes strategy in Afghanistan: he promised to maintain and increase the presence of American troops in the country, departing from the previous policy of non-interference. NATO supported the initiative. Until the election in 2016 candidate trump has called for a full withdrawal of troops from that country.

The Supreme command of the Pentagon calls the current situation in Afghanistan “blind” and asks for more troops to turn the tide in their favor.

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Afghanistan is plagued by attacks on religious grounds – UN 07.11.2017

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