Wednesday, raising the coalition death toll so far this year to more than 300.
The toll is a grim reminder that insurgent groups such as the Taliban are still capable to inflict heavy losses on coalition forces, but the number is lower when compared to last year. A total of 356 coalition service members were killed between January 1st and July 12 last year.
However, the overall coalition death toll also includes a number of casualties from non-hostile incidents such as vehicle accidents, but the vast majority of service members are killed as a result of insurgent attacks. Most die in the southern region of Afghanistan, mainly due to improvised explosive device (IED) attacks.
The latest casualties took place in southern and western Afghanistan on Tuesday and Wednesday...Afghanistan from insurgents."
Insurgents have been able to carry out a number of high-profile and deadly attacks so far this year, including the assassination of Afghan President's brother on Tuesday. But the majority of insurgent attacks are on a small scale, killing one and sometimes several people.
Nonetheless, especially the Taliban is engaged in a propaganda campaign to influence the Afghan population and in an attempt to gain support and donations from foreign fighters. Taliban spokesmen stand by throughout the day to falsely claim responsibility for any incident that receives media coverage, whether or not the Taliban had any involvement.
One example is the attack on a large Afghan military hospital in Kabul in May...Mujahid's statement soon claimed there were two attackers, but officials later said there was only one suicide bomber. Haqqani Network was behind the hospital attack, not the Taliban. Nonetheless, the Taliban claim of responsibility was picked up by all major news agencies around the world, which was probably the Taliban's goal.
But the Taliban does not only claim responsibility for attacks carried out by other insurgent groups, it also claims responsibility for attacks which did not happen. The group publishes dozens of media statements throughout the day, giving details of supposed attacks. But most incidents turn out false.
Blotz said the Taliban does not only make false statements for local propaganda purposes, but also in the hopes that foreign supporters will donate money to help them commit more highly visible attacks. Taliban's lack of fiscal funds.
According to the multinational force, the Taliban is in financial hardship because a large number of their drug and weapon caches have been seized or destroyed by Afghan and coalition forces in recent years, degrading a part of the Taliban's financial income.
(Copyright 2011 by BNO News B.V.