Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Taliban behind 76 percent of civilian deaths in Afghanistan: UN

A man waits to receive treatment from a doctor for injuries sustained during a suicide bomb attack in an Afghan hospital on July 18, 2010 in Kabul, Afghanistan.

I await with baited breath Jack Layton' outrage on National TV about this.

Taliban behind 76 percent of civilian deaths in Afghanistan: UN
By Bill RoggioAugust 10, 2010 6:35 PM
According to statistics compiled by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) the Taliban have intensified their attacks against civilians while Coalition and Afghan forces have dramatically reduced the number of civilian deaths. The Taliban are responsible for 76 percent of of the civilian deaths in Afghanistan, while Coalition and Afghan forces are responsible for just 12 percent of the civilian deaths.

The Taliban have stepped up attacks against civilians with targeted assassinations against "teachers, nurses, doctors, tribal elders, community leaders, provincial and district officials, other civilians including children, and civilians working for international military forces and international organizations." Read the full UN report, portions of which are excerpted below, as well as some commentary by me on this topic at The Weekly Standard

Among those killed or injured by the Taliban and other AGEs were 55 per cent more children than in 2009, along with six per cent more women. Casualties attributed to Pro-Government Forces (PGF) fell 30 per cent during the same period, driven by a 64 per cent decline in deaths and injuries caused by aerial attacks.

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