Militant attacks in Afghanistan rise by 11 percent: Report
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The figures, which the US-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) released on Thursday, also reveal that the month of June alone accounted for the highest number of attacks in nearly two years, with more than 3,000 assaults, AFP reported.
The ISAF also noted that the number of attacks - such as roadside bombings and gunfire attacks from militants - rose in all three months of the second quarter compared with the same months in 2011.
This follows 11 consecutive months, where attacks were below the number reported in the same month the year before.
The disturbing uptick comes at a time when US-led foreign forces start to withdraw from Afghanistan ahead of a 2014 deadline for an end to combat operations.
It also supports the theory that militancy remains undefeated after more than a decade of US-led war as the Taliban are trying to prove they remain a potent force.
Insecurity continues to rise across Afghanistan despite the presence of some 130,000 US-led forces in the war-torn country.
The United Nations announced on February 4 that 2011 was the deadliest on record for Afghan civilians. The death toll rose eight percent compared to the year before and was roughly double the figure for 2007.
Overall, 3,021 civilians died in violence related to the war and 4,507 were wounded in 2011.
The US-led war in Afghanistan, which has caused record-high civilian and military casualties, has become the longest military conflict in the American history.
Washington invaded Afghanistan in 2001 under the pretext of combating terrorism.