Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Afghanistan War News Updates -- July 31, 2013

An Afghan boy cries during a funeral of members of his family in Logar province, March 27, 2013.(Reuters / Stringer)

Afghan Civilian Casualty Numbers Jump By Quarter In First Half Of 2013 -- The Guardian

UN records 1,319 killed and 2,533 injured, with landmines and battles between Afghan forces and insurgents mainly to blame

The number of civilians killed and injured in Afghanistan rose by a quarter in the first six months of this year, according to the United Nations.

Homemade Taliban landmines are still the deadliest threat to ordinary Afghans, and the insurgents caused around three-quarters of all recorded civilian losses and injuries, said the UN in a report that charts rising violence in the wake of Nato troops' accelerating departure from the country.

But there was a sharp increase in civilians harmed in ground battles between Afghan government troops and insurgents, the second leading cause of casualties and a worrying new trend as fighting intensifies and insecurity spreads.

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More News On Afghanistan

Afghanistan civilian casualties up 23% in first half of 2013, U.N. says -- CBS/AP
Afghan civilian deaths increase; more women, child victims: U.N. -- Reuters
Report: Civilian casualties rising in Afghanistan -- Stars and Stripes
UN details rise in Afghan civilian casualties -- Al Jazeera
Afghan civilian casualties jump by 23 per cent -- The Telegraph
UN: Civilian Casualties Up 23 Percent in Afghanistan -- Voice of America
Civilian Casualties in Afghanistan Rise as U.S. Prepares Pullout -- New York Times
Afghan Army Can’t Go It Alone After 2014, Pentagon Says -- Bloomberg
Pentagon Sees Support for Afghans After 2014 -- New York Times
Afghan forces will need help after NATO mission ends: Pentagon -- Reuters
Pentagon Says Afghanistan Needs U.S. Help -- Wall Street Journal
Afghanistan's military will need "substantial" help beyond 2014, Pentagon says -- CBS/AP
Pentagon Report Foresees Need for Afghan Support Beyond 2014 -- Voice of America
140 militants including Pakistanis, Arabs killed in Afghan operations -- Khaama Press
Suicide attack kill or injure several Afghan soldirs in Faryab -- Khaama Press
Report: Replacement force for private security contractors ineffective -- Stars and Stripes
Pentagon Report: Taliban Still Strong In Afghanistan -- NPR
Report: Afghan forces will need help beyond 2014 -- Stars and Stripes
The Faces of Afghanistan's Future -- Emily O'Dell, Huffington Post
Afghanistan: The Only Battle That Counts -- Strategy Page
Total U.S. Military Deaths in Afghanistan at 2,119 -- CBS

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