Thursday, August 11, 2016

A Look At The Worsening Situation In Afghanistan

Daniel Depetris, Defense One/Fiscal Times: Afghanistan Is Going From Bad to Worse

On July 25, the U.N. Assistance Mission in Afghanistan released its latest quarterly report on civilian casualties from the war. Afghanistan was already one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a civilian, but the findings of the investigation were even worse than observers and U.S. officials expected: between January 1, 2016 to June of this year, the fighting killed 1,601 civilians and injured another 3,565.

“This represents an increase of four percent in the total number of casualties compared to the first six months of 2015,” the head of the U.N. mission said, “and is the highest half-year total since 2009.”

The dismal figures from the U.N. are just the most recent in a stack of reports from the U.N. Secretary General and the U.S. government that describe an extremely dire security situation in the country, nearly 15 years since the U.S. and its NATO allies embarked on a mission that has dragged on for over a decade.

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More News On The War In Afghanistan

Taliban conflict: Thousands flee as fighting threatens Helmand -- BBC
Clashes as Afghan Taliban edge closer to Helmand capital. -- AFP
Second provincial capital in Afghanistan in danger of falling to Taliban -- UPI
The Battle for Helmand: Afghanistan's Largest Province May Fall Entirely to the Taliban -- The Diplomat
Afghan army sends reinforcements as Taliban close in on Lashkar Gah -- The Guardian
Backup sent amid fears Taliban could seize city within days -- AP
US, Afghanistan Dismiss Concerns Helmand Province Could Fall to Taliban -- VOA
US General Asks India for Military Assistance in Afghanistan -- Defense News
US wants India to increase military support to Afghanistan -- IBTimes
War deaths reach 173,000 in Afghanistan, Pakistan -- Futurity

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