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By MOHAMED SHEIK NOR

The Associated Press

MOGADISHU, Somalia — The only ambulance service in war-torn Mogadishu said Wednesday that more than 4,200 bystanders have died in warfare the last two years, and a U.S. group that works to prevent civilian deaths said Somalia is more dangerous for civilians than Afghanistan or Iraq.

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July 6, 2009 by POPEYE
Filed under Afghanistan

(MILITARY TIMES)   CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan — The U.S. military made public new guidelines Monday for its troops in Afghanistan, battlefield rules that seek to protect Afghan civilians and greatly reduce the number of civilian casualties in an increasingly deadly war. (more…)

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By JASON STRAZIUSO, Associated Press Writer

KABUL – An operation the American military at first described as a “precision strike” instead killed 13 Afghan civilians and only three militants, the U.S. said Saturday, three days after sending a general to the site to investigate.

Civilian casualties have been a huge source of friction between the U.S. and Afghan President Hamid Karzai, who has stepped up demands that U.S. and NATO operations kill no civilians and that Afghan soldiers take part in missions to help prevent unwanted deaths. (more…)

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