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Thursday, August 1, 2013

More civilians killed in Afghanistan and less foreign military

A total of 1,319 civilians were killed in the war in Afghanistan in the first half of the year , and another 2,533 were wounded. These are staggering statistics that the Mission United Nations Assistance in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has announced on Wednesday, and constituting an increase of 23% over the same period last year. In contrast, military casualties among international troops have been reduced compared to 2012, partly because the number of foreign troops in Afghanistan has also decreased dramatically and left field are retiring and have delegated most combat operations to Afghan security forces. Until June, 95 foreign soldiers have died in Afghanistan, according to the website iCasualties-reference in the computation of low-miliary, compared to 222 last year. The difference represents a decrease of almost 60%. According to the Annual Report on the protection of civilians in armed conflict in Afghanistan, UNAMA, most civilian casualties, 74%, the insurgency caused while international troops and Afghan security forces were responsible for 9% . in 12% of cases, civilians were caught in an exchange of fire between Taliban and pro-government forces, which makes it difficult to determine which of the two sides caused low. And 5% of remaining victims is also difficult to attribute them to someone, and who died or suffered injuries from unexploded shells left. Among the data released by the United Nations, it focuses on the large number of victims who have registered this year among women and children . In just six months, 760 children were injured or killed, 30% more than in 2012. And a total of 347 women. Likewise also shocking the large number of casualties caused by so-calledimprovised explosive devices, a sort of landmines that the Taliban often hide in the ways to attack international forces or the Afghan security but take away the lives of innocent civilians, as evidenced by the statistics.A total of 443 civilians were killed between January and June this year because of these artifacts, and 917 were wounded, most amputees .That means that every day in Afghanistan an average of two people die because of these lethal devices, and about five more are injured. These figures contrast with those of military casualties among international troops, which have been declining steadily since 2010, when they reached their highest number, with 711 soldiers killed in just 12 months. During the first half of this year, have died 95 foreign militaries . However, the figures are much higher among Afghan security forces. Afghan Interior Minister, Ghulam Mujtabo Patang, reported last week that 2,748 Afghan policemen have been killed since March 21, when the Afghan New Year begins. There are no public figures last year to buy because until 2012 the Home Office refused to provide statistics of casualties. Anyway, the numbers of civilian and military casualties among Afghan security forces show that the war continues in China.

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