Thursday, February 01, 2007

Security: Over a thousand Afghan civilians killed last year

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has said in a statement that over 1,000 civilians were killed in Afghanistan in 2006, most of them as a result of attacks by the Taliban and other anti-government forces in the country's unstable south.

At least 100 of those civilian deaths were caused by NATO and U.S.-led troop operations, far below another estimate by an Afghan rights group.

More than 4,400 Afghans comprising civilians and combatants died in conflict-related violence, twice as many as in 2005 and more than in any other year since the U.S. helped oust the Taliban in 2001, the group said.

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