The Taliban has even trained children to kill non-believers
Al-Saraya, the Afghanistan terror group’s affiliated media organisation, has released a graphic saying Taliban fighters carried out 9,153 small and large attacks against so-called enemy forces last year.
They claim to have killed 17,805 fighters in the 12-month period, with the majority being part of the 350,000-strong Afghan National Security Force because they are being “used as a shield for the Americans”, the Taliban claims.
While the global focus in 2016 was on Islamic State (ISIS), the Taliban has been continuing its attempt to take over Afghanistan, causing concern for NATO and its members who pulled most of their troops out in 2014.
The Taliban report says 266 “foreign invaders” were killed and another 135 were injured during Taliban attacks, while 17,539 Afghan army, police, intelligence and Arbakis – the ancient tribal security forces – were killed.
The Taliban has been terrorising Afghanistan and Pakistan for nearly two decades
They claim for every 100 enemy personnel killed only six “Mujahideen” – or jihadis – were “martyred” or injured.
In a bid to show the Taliban is still a strong force within Afghanistan, they claimed the low death rate was because the enemy was on the run.
The report says: “The enemy was demoralised, terrified and confused on the battlefields and did not have any support of the people.
“On the other hand the Mujahideen fought with the high moral of Jihad, crushed large enemy forces with small numbers, shook the feet beneath them with martyr and insider attacks and the Mujahideen of firm faith were blessed with the Divine help from Allah.”
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The British Army pulled out of Afghanistan in 2014
Their figures cannot be independently verified but of the 500 UK troops still in Afghanistan since the majority were withdrawn in 2014, none were killed last year, the Ministry of Defence confirmed.
Troops remain there to train the Afghan army so they can defend themselves from the Taliban and al-Qaeda as well as the added factor of Islamic State (ISIS) which has been creeping into Afghanistan from Syria.
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Following the six-month Battle of Kunduz in 2015 in which the Taliban managed to take over the city for a period, the UK increased its training troops from 450 to 500.
While there were no British deaths, 14 United States troops were killed in Afghan jihadi attacks last year.
Former US President Barack Obama also announced after the Battle of Kunduz he would not be able to pull out all US troops by the end of his final term, something he had very much wanted to do.
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A total of 8,400 US troops remain in Afghanistan which is set to reduce to 5,500 in the first half of this year.
During the 13-year war in Afghanistan, 2010 was the most devastating, with 711 allied troops killed, including 103 British and 499 US troops, with the rest from Canada, Germany and France.
However 2009 was the worst year for the UK, with 108 troops killed.