Insurgents increase brutal attacks as government forces assume responsibility for security in Afghanistan

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Jan Kubiš, Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA). [UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe]

Insurgent attacks on civilians in Afghanistan have become more brutal as government forces assume the lead responsibility for security throughout the country.

That's what the top United Nations envoy in Afghanistan, Jan Kubiš said during his briefing to the Security Council on Thursday.

Mr. Kubiš said there is a clear need to continue international support to Afghanistan through 2014 and beyond in ways that reinforce the country's leadership.

"As announced this week, Afghan's security forces have entered the last phase in assuming the lead responsibility for security throughout the country. Anti-government elements are however seeking to counter this by targeting security personnel and terrorising civilians. They aim to shake the population's confidence in the Government and its armed forces." (24")

Mr. Kubiš said there have been increasingly brutal assaults on those deemed supportive of the government, including civil servants and judicial workers in violation of international law and the norms of war.

He said "Afghan security institutions fight bravely and bear the brunt of losses, show increased courage, confidence and competence in countering the anti-government elements."

International forces helping the government are scheduled to pull out of Afghanistan by the end of next year.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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