A man inspects a damaged house at the site of an attack at a US military air base in Bagram, north of Kabul [File: Mohammad Ismail/Reuters]

Violent attacks in Afghanistan jumped to record levels in the last quarter of 2019 compared to previous years, a US government watchdog has said, underscoring the 18-year-long conflict’s continued toll on the country.

There were 8,204 attacks between October and December last year – up from 6,974 in the same period in 2018 – according to a report by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) released on Friday.

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This represented the highest number of attacks in the same three-month period of any year since recording began in 2010.

September, when the first round of presidential

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