Sunday, June 24, 2007

Civilian deaths...

ACBAR, the Agency Coordinating Body for Afghan Relief, released a Statement on the Conduct of Military Operations (pdf) this week. In it, they "strongly condemn" military operations by foreign forces "in which disproportionate or indiscriminate use of force has resulted in civilian casualties."

Then they quantify civilian deaths, finding "since the beginning of 2007 international and Afghan government forces have been responsible for the deaths of a minimum of 230 civilians including at least 60 women and children."

ACBAR doesn't provide an estimate of civilian deaths attributable to insurgents, however the Associated Press has done that. They report that "militants killed 178 civilians in attacks through June 23", while in their estimate "Western forces killed 203".

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