Posts Tagged ‘Afghanistan’
The United Nations released a report accounting for civilian deaths in Afghanistan in 2008. The report indicates that the civilian death toll rose 40% from 2007, jumping from 1,523 to 2,118 for the past year. The total surpassing two thousand marks the highest number of civilian causalities in any calender year since the Taliban was ousted in 2001.
The UN report indicates that United States and Afghan proxy forces accounted for 828 deaths in 2008. The large majority were caused by Taliban forces. Regardless, a mounting civilian death toll poses a serious threat to American foreign policy success in Afghanistan.