WASHINGTON — With the U.S. and NATO drawing down their forces, Taliban insurgents are increasing their attacks on Afghan policemen. Reuters reports that the increasing volume of attacks is a worrying trend for the country.
This time the Taliban attacked several Afghan checkpoints last Tuesday and killed at least six Afghan policemen. Seven others were injured in an attack in a Helmand province, announced their provincial government spokesman Omar Zwak. They were conducted via drive-by shootings and up to 25 insurgents were killed.
Considering the heavy toll and amount of attacks in recent weeks, analysts are worrying how the Afghan security forces will cope with the Taliban putting their sights on a comeback to power.
Russia is increasingly concerned with the volatility of the region and is considering a reassignment of border guards to neighboring Tajikistan. Russia withdrew these guards in 2005, but with increasing violence, Russia fears the Taliban will extend their influence elsewhere and throughout its former USSR republics. A major concern is the drug trade, where Afghanistan provides the majority of the world’s opium.