The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan on Tuesday said more civilians were killed by NATO and Afghan forces than the Taliban and other militant groups during the first half of 2019.

The uptick in civilian deaths comes amid a US-led effort to drawdown the international military presence in Afghanistan and end the 18-year war.

Key UN figures:

  • 1,366 civilians were killed during the first six months of 2019, marking a 30 percent drop from last year.
  • Pro-government forces, including the US and other NATO allies, killed 717 civilians.
  • The Taliban, “Islamic State” and other militant groups killed 531 civilians.
  • In total, 2,446 civilians were injured.

More to follow…

Read more: Why a Taliban peace deal won’t end bloodshed in Afghanistan

ls/rt (AFP, Reuters)

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