Friday, April 16, 2010

Deaths of Afghan civilians

Deaths of Afghan civilians by NATO troops have more than doubled this year, NATO statistics show, jeopardizing a U.S. campaign to win over the local population by protecting them against insurgent attacks.

NATO troops accidentally killed 72 civilians in the first three months of 2010, up from 29 in the same period in 2009, according to figures the International Security Assistance Force gave USA TODAY. The numbers were released after Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, issued measures to protect ordinary Afghans.

Our troops are not as effective as they could be at beating the enemy, because of concern for possible civilian casualties, but civilian casualties are increasing anyway.

What are we doing there?

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