According to the UN more than 5,000 non-combatants were killed or wounded in the first six months of 2017 due to suicide bomb attacks by insurgent groups.
Investigators say that this decrease may be because of civilians fleeing areas of fighting but can also be due to lesser casualties from on-ground clashes.
Despite the promises of President Ghani and new laws being enacted, torture of detainees by Afghan security forces is still widespread says UN report.
Human Rights Watch has described the treatment of Afghans in Pakistan as “a toxic combination of deportation threats and police abuses”
US military officials say their aircraft have conducted around 30 air strikes in Helmand in the past week.
Casualties among children spiked by 24% in 2016, largely as a result of a major increase in casualties from unexploded ordnance.
All the women who graduate from the academy will go into one of several non-combat roles including management, HR, logistics, radio operations or intelligence.
The flow of returnees from neighbouring Iran and Pakistan, estimated by the UN at over half a million, is straining the capacity of the government and aid agencies, even as violence uproots more Afghans around the country.
According to a United Nations report, at least 1,601 civilians were killed and 3,565 wounded in the war in the first six months of 2016.
As local forces struggle to get into active battle against a resilient insurgency, the US’s decision remains a sore point.
That is likely to raise further objections from critics who say drones often miss their intended targets, can only partly relay what is happening on the ground and encourage warfare with impunity waged by people at computer screens far from danger.