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Afghan Civilian Deaths On The Rise Due to Insurgent Attacks

Science magazine has compiled data made available for the first time on Afghan civilian deaths. The magazine’s research shows the number of Afghan civilians killed during the last two years is on the rise:

The majority of deaths, and nearly all of the recent increase, are attributed to indiscriminate attacks by insurgents rather than ISAF soldiers. In spite of a troop surge and the launch of new operations against the Taliban last year, the data provided by the UN show a 26% drop in civilian deaths caused by military forces. And both the UN and ISAF data sets show a drop in deaths due to air strikes last year, by 50% and 10%, respectively. (Read more)