The civilian death toll in Afghanistan, some 16 years into the US-led invasion and occupation, continues to rise precipitously, with the most recent figures out of the United Nations showing 1,662 civilians killed in the first half of 2017, the highest civilian toll of the entire war.
Officials had expressed hope civilian deaths had more or less leveled off, when the first half of 2016, the previous record, gave way to a roughly identical figure in the second half. Increased airstrikes and some major suicide bombings drove another increase, however.
The civilian toll was particularly grave for women and children, with casualties among women up 23% and 9% among children. This was exemplified by an early February US airstrike in Sangn District, which killed 26 civilians.
UN officials did however say that overall, the US had killed fewer civilians this year than in the same period of 2016, likely reflective of the change in leadership of the Afghan War, as air raids usually drop temporarily when a new general assumes control of the conflict.
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Murderers.. and they force us to pay for their evil.
The Soviets killed over a million Afghans and still lost. This pitiful increase won’t change anything at all. What is it with the political class in this country? Mans got to know his limitations. We can’t win time to go.
The source of the figure?
I fail to see the difference in our bombing and their bombing to the average person over there . I suspect it is just as painful coming from either side
If the UN says 1,662 we should come in at about 3.
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