UN Records 9 Percent Drop in Afghan Civilian Casualties

Afghan Civilian Casualties Declined In 2017, But UN Still Notes 'Appalling Suffering'

Afghan Civilian Casualties Declined In 2017, But UN Still Notes 'Appalling Suffering'

"The figures alone can not capture the appalling human suffering inflicted on ordinary people, especially women and children", said Tadamichi Yamamoto, the United Nations envoy for Afghanistan.

The latest annual report, released on Thursday, says about 3,400 people were killed and some 7,000 injured, topping 10,000 for a fourth straight year.

U.S. President Donald Trump under his new Afghan war strategy has instructed military commanders to step up ground and air operations against the Taliban to force them to come to the negotiating table.

But the total number of civilian casualties in Afghanistan last year decreased by nearly a tenth, or nine percent, compared to the year before. As a result, casualties from suicide bombings and attacks jumped by 17 percent.

"Attacks where anti-government elements deliberately targeted civilians accounted for 27 per cent of the total civilian casualties. mainly from suicide and complex attacks", the United Nations said in a statement.

It attributed about two-thirds of civilian casualties to antigovernment elements such as the Taliban and the Islamic State extremist group, while pro-government forces caused one-fifth of all casualties.

Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, called for the "perpetrators to be held accountable".

Aerial operations conducted by the Afghan military and the global forces operating in the country, including the United States, accounted for six percent of all of the civilian casualties in Afghanistan past year.

"The people of Afghanistan, year after year, continue to live in insecurity and fear, while those responsible for ending lives and blighting lives escape punishment", he said in a statement.

The deadliest attack was a May truck bomb that detonated at a crowded intersection in the Afghan capital, Kabul, killing more than 150 people.

To date, no group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

In this photograph taken on April 11, 2017, smoke rises after an air strike by USA aircraft on positions during an ongoing an operation against Islamic State (ISIS) militants in the Achin district of Afghanistan's Nangarhar province.

The UNAMA documented that, in 2017, 359 women were killed - a rise of five percent - and 865 injured.

M - The Taliban said on Wednesday, in a rare statement to the American people, they wanted to end Afghanistan's 17-year war through talks, while warning the message should not be seen as a sign of weakness and the fight against USA forces would go on, Reuters reported. Child casualties - 861 killed and 2,318 injured - decreased by 10 per cent compared with 2016.

Airstrikes by Afghan and USA forces, which increased by seven per cent, killed 295 people and wounded 336 others, making up six per cent of the overall casualty figures.

Recommended News

  • State's Attorney upset with police for haste corruption recommendations against Netanyahu

    State's Attorney upset with police for haste corruption recommendations against Netanyahu

    These police recommendations come in wake of an ongoing campaign by Netanyahu to discharge the credibility of his investigators. It is now up to Israel's attorney-general to decide whether to file charges.
    Chinese New Year means a spending spree across East Asia

    Chinese New Year means a spending spree across East Asia

    On Saturday only, "Mysteries of China" will be available for a special discounted rate of $5 per ticket for ages 3 and up. Chinese New Year falls on 16 February this year, at which point we will enter the Year of the Dog .
    Sea levels rise faster

    Sea levels rise faster

    Significantly, the projected sea level rise is a "conservative" estimate and may likely be higher, the researchers warn. Our extrapolation assumes that sea level continues to change in the future as it has over the last 25 years.
  • Paula Simons: Colten Boushie case exposes a rural Canada tipping to anarchy

    Paula Simons: Colten Boushie case exposes a rural Canada tipping to anarchy

    Most of all we need to give the Boushie family and community something to help with their grieving about the lack of justice. Not until we perceive that our Indigenous brothers and sisters are our equals, our "peers", will there be any justice.
    Sam's Club is renovating itself

    Sam's Club is renovating itself

    Furner says Sam's Club is "being more aggressive on direct to home than we have ever been" and it is really a big transformation. But he also believes Sam's must strike a "delicate balance" because it doesn't want to walk away from business members too much.
    Xiaomi Redmi 5, Redmi 5 Plus launched in Jakarta

    Xiaomi Redmi 5, Redmi 5 Plus launched in Jakarta

    The familiar antenna lines on the back have been retained from the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4, and so is the circular fingerprint sensor. For those looking for a proper upgrade, Xiaomi has officially announced its latest Redmi Note 5 and Redmi Note 5 Pro .
  • Stocks power higher after a terrible  week; Dow jumps 410

    Stocks power higher after a terrible week; Dow jumps 410

    The move higher took place despite an interest-rates rise to multi-year highs that originally spooked investors. United States stocks managed to shake off inflation data as consumer prices increased more than expected.
    Steve Wilks confirms Larry Fitzgerald will return in 2018

    Steve Wilks confirms Larry Fitzgerald will return in 2018

    However, it appears Fitzgerald feels confident enough in the direction of the team to play on for at least one more year. At the recent Super Bowl, Fitzgerald did sound optimistic about the new staff but would not commit to a return.
    The Taliban Wants Americans to Persuade Donald Trump to Make Peace

    The Taliban Wants Americans to Persuade Donald Trump to Make Peace

    Thousands of troops have poured into Afghanistan since Trump announced there would be a broader US role in the country. The release of the annual Worldwide Threat Assessment comes soon after the No. 2 at the U.S.
  • Adam Rippon And Mirai Nagasu's Matching Tattoos Are Our Final BFF Objective

    Adam Rippon And Mirai Nagasu's Matching Tattoos Are Our Final BFF Objective

    Rippon says the moment is "still so poignant in my mind". And I've got a big mouth and a loud voice. They might now want to get to know me.
    Here's How Kylie Jenner Is Celebrating Valentine's Day

    Here's How Kylie Jenner Is Celebrating Valentine's Day

    A source told People , "She knows she can't rely on [mom Kris Jenner] every day and hired some help for the baby". One tabloid is reporting she's just waiting to receive a sign-off from her doctor before hitting the gym.
    Duke Basketball: Can Blue Devils Survive Without Marvin Bagley III?

    Duke Basketball: Can Blue Devils Survive Without Marvin Bagley III?

    Carter Jr. will most likely be a Top-10 pick in June's NBA Draft, but without Bagley, he would need to play like a Top-5 pick. Between Bagley's absence from the court and a two-game losing skid, the Blue Devils had plenty of motivation in that game.

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.