• Afghan civilian casualties hit record high in first half of 2015: UN


    KABUL: Civilian casualties in Afghanistan touched a record high in the first half of 2015, according to UN figures released Wednesday, revealing a fragile security situation six months after the NATO combat mission ended. Total casualties — defined as the number of civilians killed or wounded — increased one percent between January and June compared to the same period last year, with 1,592 civilians killed and 3,329 injured, the United Nation’s Mission’s for Afghanistan (UNAMA) said in a report. The figures marked a six percent fall in civilian deaths but a four percent increase in injuries. Ground combat is causing more deaths and injuries than improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in a worrying sign of spreading conflict, the report said, adding that the conflict was taking a particularly heavy toll on women and children.



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