November 10, 2010
The NATO-led force in Afghanistan says insurgents were responsible for the deaths of more than 100 Afghan civilians last month and more than 200 civilian injuries, despite the Taliban’s claims that it has protected ordinary citizens.
NATO said the Taliban’s message does not match the reality that every day, insurgents are deliberately killing, injuring and intimidating Afghans.
The international security force described the contradiction as hypocrisy.
It outlined four main ways that the Taliban bullies civilians, including indiscriminate violence, oppressive practices, imposing extremist ideology and preventing the growth and development of basic services.
The statement comes as coalition forces push to crack down on militant fighters in Afghanistan, particularly in the country’s volatile south.
NATO said two of its service members were killed in separate insurgent attacks Wednesday, one in the the south and the other in the east. The force did not provide further details.
This year has been the deadliest for international forces in Afghanistan since the war began in 2001. More than 625 troops have been killed.
Some information for this report was provided by AFP.