Afghan troops and allies killed more civilians than Taliban and other militant outfits, says UN report
- 717 civilians were killed at the hands of allied forces and Afghan troops within the first six months of 2019.
- 531 civilians were killed by militant groups within the same time frame.
- Total civilian casualties stand at 3,812, reports UN.
- Airstrikes, ground operations and encounters cause most of the killings in Afghanistan.
- The latest figures for killings are however far less than the previous 5 years.
The worsening situation of law and order in Afghanistan is not letting the civilians there for long to lead a peaceful life even after the official ending of combat mission back in 2014. As a result of the long-drawn battle in Afghanistan, it is the civilians who suffer most of the casualties as 403 civilians got killed by local Afghan troops and 314 by the international forces within the first six months of this year.
UN report on civilian casualties in Afganistan for the first six months counts the civilian casualties as 717 whereas the killings of civilians at the hands of Taliban and other militant forces stand at 531. Airstrikes alone have killed 363 people including women and children in the first half of the year 2019, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan reported. Total civilian casualties stand at 3,812 (1,366 deaths and 2,446 injured), the report added.
Anti-Government Elements (AGEs) continued to cause the majority of civilian casualties. However, civilian deaths attributed to Pro-Government Forces (PGFs) exceeded those caused by AGEs for the second quarter in succession; UNAMA.
Civilian deaths and injuries from 2009 to 2019
There have been more incidents of violence in the war-torn country despite several rounds of peace talks. No party to the conflict seems to compromise on its demands at the negotiating table. The killings are lesser as compared to the previously counted figures but still, a lot more is needed to be done to reduce the harm caused to the civilian populations.
What do you foresee the future of ongoing peace talks ahead of Presidential elections in the war-torn country? Do you think that the situation in Afghanistan is going to normalize any soon?