UN: Civilian Casualties by Taliban, Afghan Forces Rising

Latest report blames both sides for nearly 400 civilian casualties in April

The latest UN monthly report on civilian casualties in Afghanistan showed that casualties are on the rise in April, owing to escalating fights between the Afghan government and the Taliban. The UN is calling them to engage in an immediate reduction of violence.

This report said the Taliban were responsible for 208 casualties in April, and the military another 172. The Taliban said they believe blind artillery strikes by the government and US forces had caused more than the report showed.

There has been more intra-Afghan fighting than was hoped for since the peace deal was signed. The Taliban has complained about the lack of promised prisoner releases, and says they’ll continue the fight until they get the releases.

US officials have blamed the Taliban for the increase in violence, saying it is a violation, even though the government still hasn’t made good on prisoner releases. The US has made little effort to see the prisoners released.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is news editor of Antiwar.com.