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UN: 1000 Afghan civilians killed in 2009

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Friday, July 31, 2009

A latest UN report shows that the number of Afghan civilians killed either in US-led airstrikes or Taliban attacks has risen beyond the 1000 in first half of 2009.

UN assistance mission in Afghanistan said Friday air strikes by the US-led forces were responsible for a higher number of civilian causalities in the war-torn country.

The mission warned that more civilians would likely be killed as militants try to battle a troop increase by the administration of President Barack Obama.

The UN also noticed that the number of civilians killed in conflict in Afghanistan has jumped 24 percent so far this year.

The warning comes as dozens of US-led airstrikes have killed hundreds of civilians in Afghanistan over some past months.

More than 140 Afghan civilians were killed in a series of US airstrikes in the western Farah province in early May.

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Additionally, hundreds of civilians have lost their lives in the past five months during clashes between US-led troops and insurgents affiliated with the Taliban.

Civilians have been the main victims of violence in Afghanistan particularly in the troubled southern and eastern provinces where the main fighting is going on.

They have been killed by both militants’ roadside, car and suicidal bomb blasts in the insurgents’ fight against US-led forces as well as by indiscriminate counterinsurgent attacks and assaults on ill-confirmed militant hideouts carried out by coalition forces.

The spiraling civilian casualties have sparked public outrage and constituted a moot point between Kabul and Washington.

This article was posted: Friday, July 31, 2009 at 4:22 am

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