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laststeamtrain Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-29-09 06:59 AM
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Afghan civilian casualties up 10%: UN
Source: AFP

Afghan civilian casualties up 10%: UN

By Sardar Ahmad (AFP) 4 hours ago

KABUL Civilian deaths in Afghanistan rose more than 10 percent in the first 10 months of 2009, UN figures showed Tuesday, amid anger over the alleged killing of children in a Western military operation.

Figures released to AFP by the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) put civilian deaths in the Afghan war at 2,038 for the first 10 months of 2009, up from 1,838 for the same period of 2008 -- an increase of 10.8 percent.

The figures were released a day after President Hamid Karzai launched an investigation into reports that 10 people, most of them school children, were killed in a raid by foreign troops near the Pakistan border.

The UN calculations show the vast majority, or 1,404 civilians, were killed by insurgents fighting for the overthrow of Karzai's government and to eject Western troops.

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