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By IRIN

KABUL, 1 March 2010 (IRIN) – The number of civilian deaths caused by the conflict in Afghanistan in the first two months of 2010 was slightly lower than in the same period in 2009, according to two Afghan human rights groups.

Some 163 civilians died and 187 were wounded in violent incidents in different parts of the country in January and February 2010, compared to 201 deaths in the same period of 2009, the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) said.

“Ninety-two civilian deaths have been attributed to the armed opposition and 71 to pro-government Afghan and foreign forces,” Fareed Hamidi, a commissioner of the AIHRC, told IRIN. (more…)

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By VOA NEWS

The leader of a Somali Islamist militant group told VOA Somali Service in an exclusive interview Saturday that his militants will keep fighting, even though the conflict has recently led to about 2,000 civilian deaths, and turned half-a-million Somalis into refugees in their own country.

Sheikh Hassan Dahir Aweys, the leader of the militant group Hizbul Islam, said his fighters will keep battling the Somali government, and African Union peacekeepers in every possible way.

He defended tactics such as firing mortars from areas populated by civilians, saying “The Mujahid (holy warrior) is like a fish … the population is his water.” Aweys added, “The population acts like a shield and we operate out of them.” He also defended suicide attacks, calling them part of the resistance. (more…)

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Published July 27, 2009 12:44 PM

As U.S. combat troops begin a gradual withdrawal from Iraq, they continue to train and advise Iraqi forces, which are increasingly responsible for maintaining security. But one of the most useful security tools is a hard one for Iraqis to accept — not because of technical difficulty, but because of a cultural taboo. (more…)

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UPDATED ON:
Monday, July 27, 2009
16:04 Mecca time, 13:04 GMT

The Taliban in Afghanistan has issued a book laying down a code of conduct for its fighters. (more…)

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By associated press

KABUL (AP) — Afghan civilians will bear the brunt of an escalation in the Afghan war this year as thousands more U.S. troops deploy unless more is done by NATO forces and Taliban militants to protect them, a top Red Cross official said Monday.

Civilian casualties in Afghanistan are “significantly higher” today than a year ago, and an intensification of the conflict this year could mean that consequences for many more Afghans will be “dire in the extreme,” said Pierre Krahenbuhl, the director of operations for the International Committee of the Red Cross. (more…)

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By Associated Press

KABUL (AFP) — A joint inquiry by the NATO-led international force in Afghanistan and Afghan authorities has concluded that eight civilians were killed during a recent battle with insurgents in the south.

Civilian casualties are a highly sensitive issue in Afghanistan where some 70,000 foreign troops are deployed to help Kabul’s Western-backed government fight an increasingly bloody insurgency.

The deaths of civilians during foreign military operations are a key source of friction between Washington and Kabul (more…)

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By BBC Monitoring

Excerpt from an editorial in Dari entitled: “Who is responsible for civilian casualties?” published by Afghan newspaper Daily Afghanistan, part of the Afghanistan newspaper group on 12 July

Civilian casualties have increased by 66 per cent in the country this year. Taleban suicide attacks and coalition air strikes have increased the number. (more…)

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