Tuesday, 17 February 2009

Civilian deaths on the rise in Afghanistan

globeandmail.com: Afghan civilian deaths up 40 per cent: UN
KABUL — The number of Afghan civilians killed in armed conflict rose 40 per cent last year to a record 2,118 people as the Afghan war turned increasingly bloody, the United Nations said in a new report Tuesday.

The report said insurgents were responsible for 55 per cent of the deaths, but that United States, NATO and Afghan forces killed 829 civilians, or 39 per cent. Of those, 552 deaths were blamed on air strikes.

Support the troops - either bring them home, or set them up keeping the peace. Lets stop killing civilians and be peacekeepers again.

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