In a first, Afghan President admits over 45,000 soldiers killed in Afghanistan in last 4 years

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In a first, Afghan President admits over 45,000 soldiers killed in Afghanistan in last 4 years

KABUL - In a first Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani has admitted that more than 45,000 Afghan security personnel have lost their lives since he took the office in September 2014.

He put the number at more than 28,000 last year in November, TOLO News has reported.

“Over 45,000 Afghan security personnel have paid the ultimate sacrifice,” Ghani said. “The number of international casualties is less than 72.”

Ghani left Kabul to Swiss few days after an NDS facility in Maidan Wardak province, almost 50 kilometers south of Kabul, was attacked by the Taliban where more than 36 Afghan security force members were killed while unconfirmed reports suggest higher casualties.