Despite signs that the Taliban’s influence is spreading throughout Afghanistan, international military efforts over the last 12 months have not been fruitless, as changes on the battlefield are becoming visible. This can mainly be attributed to prolonged ISAF/ANSF operations against the Taliban’s (and other anti-government elements) logistic chains and, more importantly, their mid-level commanders. These commanders, with their years of tactical experience, are crucial to the Taliban’s battlefield strategies, and their loss has significantly affected the Taliban's ability to continue the same level of intensity and effectiveness that characterized their campaigns from 2009-2011.
TOTAL Taliban/Anti-Government Element (TB/AGE) incidents(Includes all types of attacks, intimidation, abductions, extrajudicial killings & assassinations):
2011: 10103 - 2012: 5198 A decrease of 41%IEDs Total: 2011: 5133 - 2012: 2269 A decrease of 55%Successful IEDs: 2011: 1789 - 2012: 889 A decrease of 50%Failed IED Attempts: 2011: 3344 - 2012: 2269 A decrease of 32%Direct Attacks: 2011: 3510 - 2012: 1787 A decrease of 41%