By comparison the Afghan National Security Forces carried out roughly 700 counter-insurgency operations during the same period.
Afghan Defense Ministry spokesman Dawlat Waziri said today he didn’t have a comparative figure from the previous year, “but this year it was much worse for the number of attacks by the Taliban.”
While fighting traditionally eases during the winter months, observers say the attacks this year have continued at a steady pace.
Waziri told reporters at a briefing in the capital, Kabul, that 2,021 Taliban militants were arrested in the past 10 months and 365 Taliban commanders were killed. There was no way to independently confirm Waziri’s figures.