March 24, 2018

United Nations reports record number of Afghan civilian casualties in 2017 attacks

15 February 2018, 08:29 | Taylor George

Ministry of Defence in Kabul Thomson Reuters

Ministry of Defence in Kabul Afghanistan

"Each of these figures represents a hope crushed for a better future".

"We are concerned that we will see greater harm this year unless necessary steps are taken by all parties to prevent civilian casualties", cautioned Tadamichi.

That results in a lower figure than the 2016 toll, which saw 11,434 casualties.

The UNAMA Report 2017 released by United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) on February 15, 2018 indicates that situation in Afghanistan is nearly out of control and this landlocked country of South Asia is more risky than it was in 2001 when US-led western forces landed on its soil.

The report found that 10,453 people were killed or injured between January 1 and December 31 previous year.

"The success of the Afghan operations around the country, supported by Resolute Support and United States forces, have caused the enemy high casualties everywhere", he said.

FILE - Men mourn over relatives' bodies in a hospital near the site of an explosion in Herat, Afghanistan, June 6, 2017.

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Aerial operations conducted by the Afghan military and the global forces operating in the country, including the United States, accounted for six percent of all of the civilian casualties in Afghanistan past year.

The rest, she added, were caused mainly by unattributed cross-fire and unattributed explosive remnants of war.

Aerial operations accounted for 6 percent of all civilian casualties in Afghanistan a year ago, the report said.

The letter came at a time when the United States has increased the pace and intensity of air strikes in support of anti-insurgent ground and air operations by Afghan forces.

UN's latest report indicates the death toll for Afghan civilians amid air attacks to be mounting, while the number of deaths and injuries in Afghanistan's battle to have decreased past year. In response, the Trump administration has also tightened its screws against Taliban militants and has stepped up its military offensive since August 2017.

In a lengthy rebuke of America's long engagement in Afghanistan, the Taliban letter argued that Mr Trump's decision to "continue the illegal 17 year old war in Afghanistan" despite America having already incurred "huge casualties and financial losses" would continue an exercise in futility, lambasting the "inexperienced policies of president Trump and his war-monger advisors". "In this lopsided war and as confirmed by your own military authorities, 3,546 American and foreign soldiers have been killed, more than 20,000 American troops injured and tens of thousands more are suffering mentally".

But the Taliban knows Trump doesn't want the be in Afghanistan.

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