Afghan civilian casualties hit record high in 2016

07 February, 2017, 00:43 | Author: Ora Austin
  • Security & Crime

According to The Associated Press, U.S. officials have only acknowledged possible civilian casualties in one incident in Kunduz province in November, when the United Nations said as many as 32 noncombatants were killed in a joint U.S.

While ground engagements were the main cause of injuries and deaths (38% of casualties), airstrikes conducted by Afghan and global forces led to 590 civilian casualties - double the number recorded in 2015.

The 2016 numbers reported by the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) show 11,418 conflict-related civilian casualties. Since then, security has deteriorated, especially in provinces where the country's largest insurgency, the Taliban, have attacked more densely populated communities.

Javid Faisal, an Afghan government spokesman, blamed the militants for most of the casualties, adding that the government has taken many measures to avoid civilian casualties.

In September the Taliban stormed into Tarin Kot, capital of southern Uruzgan province, triggering heavy fighting around government buildings as many of its panicked 70,000 residents scrambled to flee. "These figures amount to a three per cent increase in total civilian casualties compared to 2015", the report said.

No further details were given regarding the airstrike and it is yet not clear if the airstrike was carried out by the Afghan Air Force or the USA forces based in Afghanistan.

Michael Vick officially announces retirement from NFL
Vick is retiring after throwing for 22,464 yards and 133 touchdown passes in addition to 36 rushing touchdowns in his career. Owner Arthur Blank called Vick "an important player in our history" and fans cheered him wildly when introduced at halftime.

Such airstrikes caused 250 deaths and 340 injuries, almost double the number recorded in 2015 and the highest since 2009.

The Taliban and other insurgents are still responsible for most civilian casualties.

The disproportionate rise in child casualties across Afghanistan past year resulted mainly from a 66 percent increase in civilian casualties from explosive remnants of war, and most of those civilians were children, UNAMA explained.

After the earlier attack on Hazaras in Kabul, in October militants linked to Islamic State jihadists abducted and killed around 30 civilians, including children, in central Ghor province.

The report also flags the continued danger of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in Afghanistan - 19% of the civilian casualties were caused by such devices.

Recommended:



Popular

Mulayam Singh Yadav's flip-flop is scripted, clever attempt to save Akhilesh: BJP
After filing his papers on 31 January, Shivpal threatened to form a new party after the elections. Samajwadi Party and Congress leaders say the two parties are trying to reach a consensus.

'Imperative' US Lead Global Pushback for Iran Missile Tests, Senators Tell Trump
United States officials said the sanctions would not be the last measure in an attempt to bar Tehran from testing additional missiles.

Ralph Lauren Corporation (NYSE:RL) PT Suggests Stock Is Worth Around $101.39
The Next Year EPS growth is 1.3%, Long term annual growth estimate of 6.87%, Annual EPS growth past 5 years of -6.95 percent. Sumitomo Mitsui Asset Management Company LTD boosted its position in Ralph Lauren Corporation by 0.8% in the second quarter.

Australian Bowditch arrested for drunk driving in Arizona
PGA Tour star Steven Bowditch was arrested on suspicion of "extreme" drink-driving after being found asleep behind the wheel. Neither the PGA Tour nor Players Group Inc, which represents Bowditch, immediately returned requests for comment.

Markit: UK services PMI falls for first time in four months
The Bank of England upgraded its GDP growth forecast for 2017 on Thursday to 2 per cent, up from 1.4 per cent previously. Both manufacturers and services firms in Japan were upbeat towards output over the coming year.