October 12th, 2010
12:42 PM ET

ICRC: Kandahar casualties reflect worsening security

War casualties in a Kandahar hospital are "hitting record highs," figures that illustrate the "deteriorating security situation" in southern Afghanistan, the International Committee for the Red Cross said on Tuesday.

Mirwais Regional Hospital had nearly 1,000 new patients with weapon-related injuries. That's twice as many new patients with weapon-related injuries in August and September 2010 as during the same months last year at the facility, supported by the ICRC.

Reto Stocker, head of the ICRC delegation in Kabul, called the numbers "just the tip of the iceberg" because people suffer from injuries or get diseases indirectly from the Afghan conflict.

"Our greatest challenge consists in maintaining access to the areas hardest hit by the fighting, but the increase in the number of armed groups is making this much harder for us," Stocker said.

"Nevertheless, because the ICRC is engaged in dialogue with all parties to the conflict, it hopes to be able to maintain its presence among the displaced, the detained, the injured or the otherwise war-affected people of Afghanistan."

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  1. matt

    He has a point though. True Islam doesn't back the Taliban or Al-Qaeda. And Mohammed would look down on them.

    November 23, 2010 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
  2. A soldier's friend

    I am having a friend deployed in Afghanistan. Never I will be able to understand war. No it is not true, I understand where it came from, but I can not understand why it last so long. I am sure majority of the civilian in Afghanistan just wanted to have a normal life. Me too I just wanted to have a normal life and have my friend back from there.
    There is so much political power and issued involved in this, there is so much unknow datas that are not know from the majority of us involved... But for God shake, just use the common sens and resolve that. And I am talking to the politician, the army commandment and to the taliban too. We all know who you are, what you wanted... Stop now... Stop that war...

    October 29, 2010 at 9:06 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Iaminthearmy

    I guess the war and what is going on over their is less important than blacks in america being poor, is that new news?

    Why would CNN take the AFGHANISTAN tab off the front page, who cares about blacks in america i want to know how our troops are doing and now i have to go through links to get to these pages.

    PUT IT BACK!

    October 24, 2010 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Robert Smith

      The black in the oval office is the problem.

      May 27, 2011 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Smith in Oregon

    The worsening security in Marjah is even worse. Marjah was the FIRST Afghanistan province to undergo Stanley McChrystal's 'shake and bake' Afghanistan Strategy he dreamed up in some dark Pentagon cubicle and sold to President Obama. Well, only ONE of the 'shake and bake' regional governors even showed up in Marjah and that was for a brief PR moment before he skipped out of town with his heavy security detail never to return. ALL the other 'shake and bake' government officials did not even show up in Marjah. They were all heavily paid loads of free American taxpayer cash, are they still on the US Military payroll after not even assuming those positions they were already PAID FOR?

    Anyway, Marjah's 'shake and bake' strategy was and is a utter failure. The same 'shake and bake' strategy was then copied over to Kandahar in what Stanley McChrystal had envisioned as a 'cookie cutter' approach. Well, now it appears to be utterly failing also in Kandahar. Just as in Marjah, the Afghanistan residents do not trust the 'shake and bake' government nor the 'shake and bake' Karzai Afghanistan Police force who the Marjah residents openly stated were more corrupt than the Taliban!

    This two strikes on back to back attempts to use and deploy McChrystals 'shake and bake' strategy bodes ill for future Afghanistan campaigns with the failed McChrystal strategy. Best to work out a settlement with the Taliban fighters, Pakistan, India and Afghanistan which all can live with in relative peace.

    October 14, 2010 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse |
  5. dindy Sri lanka

    Torben Schmidt
    why anyone should be with Taliban who cut noses and ears of their own people. They are obeying devil"s orders.

    October 14, 2010 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Roy

    An ISAF invaders tank was blown apart by an IED in Tarko Kalachi area on Tuesday (Oct. 13) at 02:00 pm and another ANA vehicle was destroyed similarly in Marnijan area at 09:00 pm last night. All terrorists involved in the explosions were killed and wounded.

    October 13, 2010 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Wayne

      Hey dude have you heard of OPSEC? Then use it on here! Take a big guess whos OUT THERE!

      October 18, 2010 at 1:15 am | Report abuse |
  7. Torben Schmidt

    Well, worsening situation ? Depends on who's side you're on. It'a meter of heavier fighting,that's true we're doing now, but it's also a meter of our effectiveness in hitting the Taleban hardly,as only a small fraction of a percentage,is our troops,but it's our enemy,the Taliban,dying as flies,and even more getting hospitalized for their wounds.The regrettable losses and wounding of the civilians,are all to the Taleban account,killing an torturing non-combattants, og their "own" people

    October 13, 2010 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
  8. dindy Sri lanka

    Is there any way to separate civilians from these Taliban and al-queda hide outs ? civilians must leave these people call Taliban if they do not agree with peace talk and having the spirit of devil. If one associate with the people who are engaged with devil"s spirit ...it is always a disaster!!

    October 13, 2010 at 5:27 am | Report abuse |
  9. Dan in Lafayette,IN

    That's all the more reason we need to be getting out of that country where we have right to be in the first place!

    October 12, 2010 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kerry

      You missed out the word 'out' dumazz.

      October 12, 2010 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dan in Lafayette,IN

        Sorry Kerry,I left out the word "no". I just got ahead of myself. We have no right to be in Afghanistan!

        October 12, 2010 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wayne

      What the heck do you know about Afghanistan! I was their and served with pride! those people need us.and if we dont help who will? have some conpassion and wake up we have it good in the states lets help those who can not help themselves!

      October 18, 2010 at 1:11 am | Report abuse |
      • mikey

        you feel so strongly about it y not go back.........

        October 22, 2010 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |