Afghan soldiers defecting to Taliban two years after Australian soldiers withdrew | ABC Radio Australia:
The latest American assessment of Afghanistan, released a week ago, highlights severe casualties and desertion as major issues for Afghanistan's understrength security forces.
The Afghan National Army alone is down almost 2,200 fighting personnel in just the last three months.
The same report, from America's Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, also shows the Taliban increasing its territorial reach.
In Uruzgan, monitoring group the Long War Journal said insurgents control one of the districts surrounding Tarin Kot, while four others are deemed "contested".