The Taliban’s suicide bombers have been selling their lives cheaply of late. From January 24 to February 14, 17 suicide bombers took aim at coalition members but failed to kill any of them, according to reports from Afghan police and military officials.
ISAF officials credit better training of Afghan forces, and disruption of the bomb-makers’ networks by NATO-led raids.
Analysts say the Taliban no longer have foreign expertise in preparing suicide bombers, and have a hard time finding competent recruits in a society that until recent years had little history of suicide attacks.
480 people were killed in 129 bombings in Afghanistan in 2007. That toll dropped to 275 in 2009.