Thursday, May 31, 2012

Afghanistan War News Updates -- May 31, 2012

U.S. Army paratroopers and Afghan soldiers patrol a village in the Tani district in Afghanistan's Khost province, May 28, 2012. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. William Begley

UN Sees Significant Drop In Afghan Civilian Casualties -- Christian Science Monitor

Civilian casualties are down in Afghanistan, according to the UN. Analysts say this has to do with the a drop in insurgent attacks and may be a sign of better US-Afghan coordination.

For the first time in five years, United Nations officials in Afghanistan have charted a decrease in civilian casualties signaling a rare bit of good news.

The first four months of this year civilian casualties dropped by 21 percent compared with the same period last year. UN officials caution that they are uncertain if the downward trend will continue through the rest of the year, however the report is consistent with others indicating an overall drop in violence throughout Afghanistan for the first part of this year.

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More News On Afghanistan

ISAF Joint Command morning operational update - May 31, 2012 -- ISAF
War In Afghanistan News 31 May 2012 -- War on Terror News
ISAF Joint Command morning operational update -- Dvids
Combined Force Kills Several Insurgents -- US Department of Defense
NATO member, 7 police killed in Afghanistan -- L.A. Times
Suicide attack, explosion kill 7 Afghan police -- AFP
Suicide car bomber attacks police headquarters in southern Afghanistan, killing 5 policemen -- Washington Post/AP
Afghan Police Kill 12 Militants in 24 Hours -- CRIEnglish
Taliban Leader Set For Spring Offensive In Southern Afghanistan Arrested -- RTT News

No. 2 U.S. Commander In Afghanistan Would Like 68,000 Troops Into Next Year -- NPR
General: US should freeze Afghan troop withdrawals after summer drawdown -- The Hill

Pentagon says al-Qaida still has safe haven inside Afghanistan, but in small numbers -- Washington Post/AP
Drones are at vanguard of US mission goal to dismantle Al-Qaida in AfPak -- Economic Times

Detainees Are Handed Over to Afghans, but Not Out of Americans’ Reach -- New York Times

UN: Civilian Casualties Drop in Afghanistan -- Voice of America
579 civilians killed in four months in Afghanistan: UNAMA -- The Nation
UN reports drop in civilian casualties in Afghanistan in 2012 -- UN News Centre

India fears for Afghanistan after NATO pullout -- AFP
What India fears will happen in Afghanistan post 2014 -- Rediff

Afghan school poisonings an omen? -- Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, CNN
The Loneliness of the Afghan President: Karzai on His Own -- Aryn Baker, Time

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