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By Al Jazeera

The Afghan ambassador to the United States has told Al Jazeera that civilian casualties during US military operations are “a price that we have to pay” if the Taliban and al-Qaeda are to be defeated.

Said Jawad said that the deaths were a “tragedy,” but could be necessary if fighters were to be defeated in Afghanistan, Pakistan and beyond.

“This is a price that we have to pay if we want security and stability in Afghanistan, the region and the world, ” he said in Washington on Friday.

Jawad’s remarks come after the US military apologised for killing four civilians, including a child, in a raid earlier this week.

“It’s not just the cost of the Afghan people; it’s the freedom, it’s the security of Afghanistan, of Pakistan, of the world,” Jawad said. (more…)

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By Eleven Afghanistan-operating NGOs: ActionAid; Afghanaid; CARE; Christian Aid; Cordaid; Interchurch Organisation for Development Co-operation (ICCO); International Rescue Committee (IRC); Oxfam; Save the Children Alliance

Summary

1 Protection of civilians

The intensification and spread of the conflict in Afghanistan is increasingly affecting civilians. In 2008 there were over 2,100 civilian casualties, 55% of which were caused by militants. Despite steps to reduce civilian casualties, international military forces (IMF) caused 552 civilian deaths through airstrikes in 2008, which is up by 72% on 2007. IMF have also carried out or supported raids and search operations, a large number of which have involved an excessive use of force, including loss of life, physical assault, damage to property and theft, as well as aggressive and improper treatment of women. Such conduct not only generates anger and mistrust towards foreign troops, but is steadily eroding popular support for the international presence in the country. Furthermore, many individuals detained by Afghan and US forces are held for long periods without charge or trial, and there are allegations of mistreatment and torture.

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