The United Nations calculated on Thursday 10,453 the number of civilian casualties in the protracted war in Afghanistan in 2017, and warns that deaths and injuries in suicide bombings have increased by 17%, a record number since 2009.
Ahlul Bait News Agency (ABNA): The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) presented the 2017 report on civilian casualties in the Afghan conflict, in which it reveals that 3,438 civilians were killed – including 359 women and 861 children – and 7015 others were injured due to suicide bombings, mines and other explosive devices.
According to the text, 65% of civilian deaths were due to attacks by armed groups: 42% were by the Taliban and 10% by the ISIL (Daesh, in Arabic) terrorist group. In addition, the remaining 13% associated it with other insurgents or could not confirm the group involved.
He also noted the increased number of air strikes by foreign forces and the Afghan Air Force. “UNAMA has documented 631 civilian casualties for air operations by pro-government forces, an increase of 7 percent since 2016,” the statement said.
In 2001, Washington and its allies invaded Afghanistan as part of the so-called “war on terror,” but insecurity, despite the presence of thousands of foreign soldiers, still prevails in much of Afghanistan.