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Afghan violence spikes

From NBC's Jim Miklaszewski and Courtney Kube
The Pentagon's semi-annual report on Afghanistan, which shows a sharp increase violence in Afghanistan, will be released at 1 p.m. ET today.

The report primarily covers events through Aug. 28th of 2008, but will include some update numbers through the end of the year.

Video: A suicide bomber dressed as an officer kills 21 people at a police training facility in southern Afghanistan on Monday.

Below is the most recent report from military commanders in Afghanistan obtained by NBC News nearly two weeks ago, which may be more complete than today's formal Pentagon report.

A startling new report from U.S. and NATO forces obtained by NBC NEWS shows that overall violence in Afghanistan has not only skyrocketed but the enemy attacks have become more deadly.

U.S. and coalition deaths were up 35%; Afghan civilians deaths were up by 46%.

The report, which has not been publicly released, shows that violent attacks against all targets in Afghanistan jumped 33% in 2008. IED attacks for the year not only jumped in number but also proved to be more lethal. While IED attacks were up 27% -- the number killed by the roadside bombs went even higher, up 29%. Last July alone there were more than 400 IED attacks.

The number of attacks against Afghan government targets, police, army and government facilities was up a staggering 119%. Afghan police were the most vulnerable to attack -- 60 percent of all security forces, including Americans, killed last year were Afghan police.

Kidnappings and assassinations of government officials and civilians alike were 50% higher.

The report blames the increase in attacks on more sophisticated military operations by enemy insurgents, and the enemy's continued use of safe havens in Pakistan.