Violence up in Afghanistan, UN warns
December 24th, 2010
10:17 AM ET

Violence up in Afghanistan, UN warns

Afghanistan is seeing higher levels of violence this year than last year at this time, with 20% more civilians killed and the number of "security incidents" up by 66%, the United Nations says in a new report.

The number of civilians killed by the United States and its allies was lower, but insurgent attacks are significantly higher, meaning the overall number of civilian deaths is up.

More than 2,400 civilians were killed, and more than 3,800 injured in the first 10 months of this year, the report says.

More than three out of four of the casualties were caused by "anti-government elements," it says.

That's a 25 percent increase on last year, it said. Deaths caused by U.S. troops and their allies were down 18 percent.

"Assassinations" of civilians and police reached "unprecedented numbers" in August, and there were an average of three suicide attacks per week, the U.N. said in its quarterly report.

The United Nations report, which was finalized December 10, also tracked widespread kidnapping of aid workers.

A total of 134 were abducted between June and the end of October, the U.N. said. Most were freed quickly, but one Afghan was killed by his captors, the world body said.

A British aid worker was also killed this year by U.S. special forces trying to rescue her from kidnappers. Linda Norgrove, 36, was killed by an American grenade thrown by a rescuer who did not realize she was there.

U.S. Gen. Stanley McChrystal, who was the top international military commander in Afghanistan until he was fired in June, urged his troops to avoid civilian casualties in order to avoid making enemies of the population.

"It is better to miss a target than to cause civilian casualties," McChrystal said in December 2009. "We can always target enemy leaders later. We can't make up for the fact that we killed civilians."

But there continued to be high-profile incidents, including one where 23 civilians were killed in a NATO airstrike in February.

McChrystal personally apologized to Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai for those killings and ordered an investigation. It concluded that troops needed more training.

McChrystal's dismissal was not related to the incident. He was fired over disrespectful comments his inner circle made about top White House officials in a profile of the general in Rolling Stone magazine.

The United Nations report was prepared for Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

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  1. jonnyposter

    We should leave. It is such a waste. Maybe we should give control over tho the Hindus so they can finally return to their homeland. Or we could share the wealth or natural resources with them. Right now I see no purpose or payback whatsover in dragging this out .

    January 4, 2011 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
  2. LarryKegel(US Army)

    Thanks Wakil!!!

    January 1, 2011 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
  3. osman

    thanks for post!!!

    December 31, 2010 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
  4. wakil

    Karsai failed in his attempt to integrate the Taliban within his government, repeating the same policy with or without tears is noncence. He never really regarded the Taliban as an enemy of the people of Afghanistan nor as an threat to peace in the region. Its the same noncence to complain civilian casualties caused through Nato troops. Nobody has ever defined, how does a Taliban fighter looks like, with Kalshnikov is a Pashtun in the south of Afghanistan a fighter, without his weapon he is a civilian. He doesnt need to change his clothes nor he needs to shave his beard.
    Pashtuns make 30 t0 35 % of population in Afghanistan, rule the country for more than two and half centuies, in the recent decade through Karsai clan. And all Talibans are Pashtuns.
    The biggest achievement of Pasthun civilisation was to breake the Hindu resistence in the 18th century, making the Indian subcontinent an easy target for then English empire, and the latest was the destruction of Buddha statues in Bamiyan valley.
    The majority of people, i.e. Tadjeks, Hassara and Uzbeks doesn`t want to be ruled by Pashtuns alone , they want to define their fate by themselves , share the power, and want get rid of old Pashtun royals, Sayyafs, Hekmatyars or even Karsais and his fellowTalibans. the majority of non-Pashtuns want real political reforms, federal and democratic administration, and no more mono-ethnic government. Otherwise the world would witniss a bigger civil war in Afghanistan, than in Irak, once the Nato and allied troops leave the country

    December 30, 2010 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      Why do You think We are going into each part of the Country to get the tarriest out and get the leaders in those regent to take care of Themselves!!!

      December 31, 2010 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
      • wakil

        it will give a more Afghan face to the whole process, make things easier for NATO and democritze Afghanistan. "King" Karzais absolut regime should come to an end.He wanted to be everybodies darling, but now he is nobodies darling.

        January 1, 2011 at 8:21 am | Report abuse |
      • wakil

        p.s. Happy new Year!!! Larry.

        January 1, 2011 at 8:48 am | Report abuse |
  5. Jackie

    It appears that until the world is run by women, nothing will be resolved. Everything is about power and corruption on both sides. Karzai may be a hood, but he is better than nothing. Negotiations are the only way to peace. There is no "winning" in a war wear the enemy does not want to be seen. Talk to the Russians!

    December 29, 2010 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette, IN

      Jackie you wear clothes and where the enemy is we will find them!

      December 29, 2010 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      As long as the United States and NATO fight together... We have a better chance winning the war!!!

      December 31, 2010 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Dan in Lafayette, IN

    Hey phony boy it is the Taliban and their terrorist allies doing all the murdering of innocent civilians you idiot. Can't you read the above blog explaining why their are more civilian deaths!

    December 28, 2010 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      They don't care about the Innocent People dieing... All They care about is the Tarriest!!!

      December 29, 2010 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  7. DE Tedooru

    Imagine if I barged into your house and demanded that I be allowed to defecate on your living room couch. Furthermore, I threatened that if you touch it I'll burn the house down, kill your children and take away your husband. Then I keep coming back to defecate some more on your couch, insisting that I have the right to add ever more to the feces I left on your couch and you can't touch it. That is EXACTLY what Petraeus is doing in Afghanistan. The feces in Karazi, whose regime Petraeus told Obama is a "criminal syndicate." But Petraeus is the incompetent SURGEon who botched the Iraq SURGEry and now insits that– no matter how Afghans feel about it– he has a right to try his SURGEry again because, after all, it is his reputation as a SURGEon that's at stake!

    December 27, 2010 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      You try doing it to my place and it will be the last thing You try!!!

      December 27, 2010 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette, IN

      What more lies can you make up about the surge?

      December 28, 2010 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bledsoe

      I agree with you,D E Tedooru. This cursed surge should not have happened as we have no right to be in your country! We did manage to muder more Afghans with this cursed surge!!!

      December 28, 2010 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dan in Lafayette, IN

        Thank you,Bledsoe. I totally agree.

        December 28, 2010 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bledsoe

        Sycophant.

        December 29, 2010 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
      • LarryKegel(US Army)

        Do You Think They Had The Right To Attack Other Countries???

        December 29, 2010 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dan in Lafayette, IN

        Since when did Afghanistan attack another country,Larry???

        December 31, 2010 at 8:02 am | Report abuse |
  8. LarryKegel(US Army)

    Amen To That...

    December 27, 2010 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  9. jasonlee99

    I WOULD URGE THE TALIBS TO KEEP FIGHTING AND KILLING THIS FILTH. Ameris WILL NEVER END UNTIL WE END THEM OURSELVES. SO THE BEST THING WOULD BE TO KILL AS MANY ameris AS WE CAN, UNTIL THEY GIVE UP AND WITHDRAW ALL OF THEIR STUPID TROOPS FROM THE COUNTRY...

    December 27, 2010 at 5:57 am | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      Fox News and the Tea Party are the Worse in the US!!! They are all over the World...

      December 27, 2010 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      WHY ARE YOU YELLING??? Do You Think It Makes It True???

      December 27, 2010 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      The More Americans You Kill... The More Of Your People Will Die!!! Just Make PEACE and all the problems are over!!!

      December 27, 2010 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  10. Dan in Lafayette, IN

    Any cleric preaching the death of any person(s) is of the devil and not of God!

    December 26, 2010 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bledsoe

      Does that include our Pat Robertson and other right-wing Christian Evangelical Preachers? I guess it does.

      December 26, 2010 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dan in Lafayette, IN

        yes it does, if he preaches the death of anyone or is happy about the death of some one he should not be preaching the word of God because he does not stand for God but the devil

        December 27, 2010 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  11. coprolito

    The military should eliminate Muslim clerics (ayatollahs, imams, mullahs, muftis, ullemas, etc.) to stop the Muslim/Taliban attacks and violence around the world. These evil creatures are the main culprit of all suicide attacks, violence, hatred, resentment and discrimination around the world. They exert absolute power on Muslim societies, they control Sharia tribunals, lead violent demonstrations, interpret the laws, police, they are judge, juror & witness at the same time condemning without clemency anyone who does not follow their distorted Islamic moral values and precepts. They created a more oppressive and cruel system than the Inquisition and the Stazi combined. These AntiChrist followers are capable of transforming an ordinary person into an irrational monster. It is a fact that no less than 60% of all Muslim clerics living in Muslim countries concur and justify Islamic terrorist actions, helping them directly or indirectly to perform any type of violent act not just to Americans but to anyone who represents a threat to their devilish Islamic belief.

    December 26, 2010 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette, IN

      I agree with you coprolito to an extent, but some Muslim clerics are against these anti-Christ terrorists and have spoken out against them telling them that they will go to hell. I think more would speak out against them but are afraid for their lives, but it is a fact that Islam believes that one day it will rule the world. I just wish they would do it peacefully then maybe I would have more trust in the Muslim world!

      December 26, 2010 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette, IN

      Any Muslim cleric who either preaches or is happy of the death of any people is of the devil and not of God!

      December 26, 2010 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      The Right Wing is trouble there like They are every place else in the World!!!

      December 27, 2010 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
      • Bledsoe

        Nonsense.

        December 28, 2010 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  12. LarryKegel(US Army)

    Happy Holidays Everyone!!!

    December 26, 2010 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bledsoe

      Giblets.

      December 26, 2010 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
  13. LarryKegel(US Army)

    They are slowly getting more confidence in Our Troops!!! That is why We will win...

    December 26, 2010 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  14. ZachB

    Sorry still new to this. Cantu, the problem is that soldiers DO get some proximity with civilians. The problem is that interrogated civilians won't tip the soldiers off because they are afraid of retribution by the Taliban and other insurgent groups.

    December 25, 2010 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
  15. LarryKegel(US Army)

    Merry Christmas Everyone!!!

    December 25, 2010 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  16. C. Cantu

    I believe if Muslim clerics (ayatollahs, mullahs, muftis, ullemas, imams, sheiks, etc.) were interrogated, they could tell way in advance where the attacks will be coming and naming the responsibles. Behind every suicide attack or violent action there is always a Muslim cleric instigating them and brainwashing potential perpetrators

    December 24, 2010 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bledsoe

      Talk about brainwashing,one does not have to look further than this website to find so many people brainwashed into supporting this insidious war. It shows just how much the MIC(military-industrial-complex) controls the news media and the minds of the American people!

      December 24, 2010 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bledsoe

        Ludicrous.

        December 25, 2010 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
      • Kerry

        Here we go again! And nobody's laughing!!!

        December 26, 2010 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
      • Bledsoe

        Tripe.

        December 26, 2010 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      Sooner are later They will run out of Idiots that will do it for Them!!! Hopefully sooner...

      December 25, 2010 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette, IN

      Evan,can you tell me how much these broads were paid by the C.I.A. to pose in that picture? The right-wing thugs never gave up on Iran and never will!!! How disgusting!!!

      December 31, 2010 at 8:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Bledsoe

      Stupid-Daniel-2.

      January 1, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette, IN

      Evan Mark you portray all the freedom lovers of the world in this video and I believe that all free nations of the world should have a draft and surround Iran and tell the Mullahs to give up power or we will invade. This is the only way to stop them from building nuclear weapons and also freeing the people of Iran! As for the phony boy move to northwest Pakistan's tribal areas if you don't like freedom!

      January 1, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |