The UN has reported that between May 2018 and August 2018, there were 5800 security incidents which was a 10% decline from the same period last year. SIGAR believes that this may have been due to the Afghan government and Taliban’s Eid ceasefires.
Armed clashes continued to cause most security incidents within the above category (61%) as per UN estimates.
The worrying trend is that of increase in suicide attacks which have increased by 38% since 2017. Even airstrikes have increased by 46%.
Specifically, UN expressed concerns in terms of security instability for the northern provinces of Afghanistan: Balkh, Faryab and Jowzjan provinces.