As its usual spring fighting season nears, Afghanistan is beefing up its Elite Special Forces Units.

Kabul is aiming to double them in size, after two years of rushing from crisis to crisis to hold back an escalating Taliban Insurgency.

Currently numbering around 17,000, the Special Forces have been carrying out nearly 70 percent of the Army’s Offensive Operations from Helmand in the South to Kunduz in the North.

More than two years on from the departure of most International Troops, Afghan Forces have struggled to contain the growing Taliban Insurgency.

They now control just 57 percent of the country, compared with 72 percent, a year ago.