August 10th, 2010
10:18 AM ET

Report: More women, children killed by Taliban

The human cost of the Afghan conflict is escalating, with killings and attacks on children by the Taliban and other insurgent groups soaring, the United Nations said in a report released Tuesday.

"Afghan children and women are increasingly bearing the brunt of this conflict," says Staffan de Mistura, special representative of the U.N. secretary-general.

"They are being killed and injured in their homes and communities in greater numbers than ever before."

According to the United Nations' 2010 Mid-Year Report on Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict, in the first six months of this year, 55 percent more children were killed or wounded by the Taliban and other anti-government groups than in the same period in 2009.

The number of women killed or wounded by the Taliban and other insurgents increased by six percent.

The report says casualties caused by pro-government forces, including the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and Afghan security forces, fell 30 percent in the first six months of 2010.

From January 1 to June 30, 2010, the UNAMA Human Rights Unit documented a total of 3,268 civilian casualties, including 1,271 deaths and 1,997 injuries.

Anti-government forces were responsible for 2,477 casualties. That is 76 percent of all casualties, up 53 percent from 2009.

Pro-government forces were responsible for 386 civilian casualties, 12 percent of all casualties, down from 30 percent in 2009.

The United Nations notes two lethal developments: Insurgents, it says, are using more improvised explosive devices (IEDs) throughout the country and are assassinating and executing more civilians.

IEDs alone accounted for 29 percent of all civilian deaths in the period, including 74 children, a 155-percent surge from the same span last year.

Assassinations and executions, meanwhile, soared by more than 95 percent and included the public executions of children.

Aerial attacks are the most harmful tactic used by ISAF forces, causing 69 of the 223 civilian deaths attributed to pro-government forces in the first six months of 2010 - a total of 31 percent - and injuring 45 Afghan civilians.

However, civilian deaths caused by aerial attacks decreased 64 percent from the same period in 2009, according to the report. The United Nations says this reflects greater implementation of an ISAF tactical directive from July 2009 on regulating the use of airstrikes and other measures to reduce civilian casualties.

ISAF, in a statement, said the new U.N. report is consistent with figures tracked by ISAF headquarters.

It quoted Gen. David Petraeus's new tactical directive, in which he says, "We must continue our emphasis on reducing the loss of innocent civilian life to an absolute minimum.

"Every Afghan death diminishes our cause. While we have made progress in our efforts to reduce coalition-caused civilian casualties, we know the measure by which our mission will be judged is protecting the population from harm by either side. We will redouble our efforts to prevent insurgents from harming their neighbors."

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  1. Laslo

    It hurts me to read about the sort of political chaos that results in so many deaths–I read these comments and realize that all we can do here is sit and argue back and forth.

    My point was this–the arguing never seems to stem from a difference of basic beliefs. The arguments are all about whose information is correct. I'm sure if we all had the true picture of what is going on here, we would mostly agree on what to do.

    If one of us really knew what was going on, he wouldn't be sitting at his computer typing comments to pass the time.

    Just an observation. My comment is no more helpful than anyone else's.

    August 11, 2010 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
    • John

      Quite true,Lazlo.

      August 11, 2010 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  2. ERIC


    August 11, 2010 at 2:24 am | Report abuse |
  3. Frank

    Thanks all of you! I do not understand all the reasons for so much hate, but I do thank you for helping me understand why John Lennon's song "Imagine" means so much to me. I do wish all of you would listen very carefully to the words.

    August 11, 2010 at 1:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      You have a good point,Frank.We need more people like you blogging in here instead of all these stupid right-wing nutjobs!

      August 11, 2010 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      You have all my sympathy, Frank. I do not remember the words, but understend what you are meaning !
      If the Talibans world is so bad, it would have imploded like the comunist Soviet Union did without war.

      August 11, 2010 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
      • Grimlock

        It is so good they keep killing each other to celebrate.

        August 12, 2010 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  4. paul

    yes cnn you have balready said that, looks like you have duplicated that, i am not going to bother to post on this reporters blogs anymore

    August 10, 2010 at 11:38 pm | Report abuse |
  5. John

    Neither do I,Larry!

    August 10, 2010 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Onesmallvoice

      That makes three of us,John!

      August 10, 2010 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
      • John

        Mind your own business who asked you.

        August 13, 2010 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

    Will somebody kindly tell me how much did the right-wing thugs in Washington pay the UN Officials to come out with such a statement about the civilian casualties killed in Afghanistan in order to make NATO look good?I don't believe a word of it!!!

    August 10, 2010 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • victim of democrat hypocrisy

      You can post under multiple handles, so I'll respond just like I did before...
      Wassa matta, can't handle the truth, ya seditious left-wing loon? Oh, I see–if it's a report on ISAF forces causing civilian casualties, you swallow it raw. But let the world know how atrocious the Taliban are and you don't buy it.

      August 10, 2010 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
  7. victim of democrat hypocrisy

    Filthy Paki do something else entirely with cows!

    August 10, 2010 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
  8. WeAreComingToGetU

    How about posting Comments
    You CENSORS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 10, 2010 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

    People like him thinks he knows everything like the rest of the losers that stayed out of the service... They think they are better than every one else because of it!!!

    August 10, 2010 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Onesmallvoice

      He maybe in the 'Service' just not ours.

      August 10, 2010 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

    He went to Racist school... He was the top of His class can't you tell???

    August 10, 2010 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

    You ought to wash Your mouth out with soap...! GOD will make you sorry for everything you said about Him!!!

    August 10, 2010 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

    There isn't a Jew in this World that isn't smarter than you... That goes for just born Jew too!!! Racist like you are the Biggest Idiots of them all...

    August 10, 2010 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
  13. jmast

    dwight & zebra are cowards – can't back up their nescient posts

    August 10, 2010 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      Please jmast,quit the name calling.dwight huth and zebra are two of the most sensible people posting here,not like this idiot who keeps posting under my name!

      August 10, 2010 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bledsoe

        They are not "two of the most sensible people posting here" they are both you posting under assumed names.

        August 12, 2010 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  14. victim of democrat hypocrisy

    That's pretty funny–a muslim extremist talking about false religions! HAHAHA!

    August 10, 2010 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Spanish Inquisition

    Why don't you two get a room and kiss and make up !

    August 10, 2010 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • victim of democrat hypocrisy

      Fithy Paki do more than kiss their fellow men!

      August 10, 2010 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
  16. C

    I say we drop them on their @sses and leave their GOD FORSAKEN country...Let them kill each other and NEVER let any of them into our country->LAND OF THE FREE!

    August 10, 2010 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      This world would be a lot better with out Racist idiots like you too!!!

      August 10, 2010 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
      • C

        I am in no way racist. However, I am just trying to be somewhat realistic...I cannot truly say that I believe that we can exterminate the Taliban trash. I wish that we could. I just don't see it happening. Fighting in the Middle East has been going on for what seems like forever. I do not think that we can stop the madness there...

        August 10, 2010 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sam

      but how will we then secure the OIL pipeline proposed to get oil and gas from central asia via Afghanistan? and what about the trillioin $ worth of minerals in Afghanistan. We have right on them given the amount of money we spent to help Afgans.

      August 11, 2010 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Asten Weems

    I meant to put "rest" instead of "else" up there

    August 10, 2010 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Harold Brookstone

    That's what the Taliban do, kill people! They have an endless supply of illiterate Pashtun boys being brainwashed in Madrassas in Pakistan. All canon fodder! They also deal in drugs, extortion, kidnapping and terrorism. They also get money from wealthy Muslim-extremists in the Gulf, so the more gas we buy the more money they get.

    August 10, 2010 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  19. The Duke

    Taliban killing women and children. That's because they've run out of kittens and puppies and we all know they take the path of least resistance. Cowards.

    August 10, 2010 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      lmfao! Here-here!

      August 10, 2010 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Another Voice

    The Problem with Nato and Afghan Security forces are.

    They cannot identify a civilian talaban.
    They cannot create a perimeter were the talaban can not get trough.
    Nato believes that whenever it drives to a small town, Nato comes with a huge force and then "showing its military might" and asks few persons, do you hate our enimies?
    The "big" plans nato has for Afganistan is seen as the occupian force, that wants a western style of power is believed as a plan to move the small towns away from were they live.

    To counter all this, remove the forces from the cities, ask the local what buildings/tools they need to better there own economy and in return the town will registrer its faces and agree to stay out of the figting, or the town will be destroyed.

    Capture and hold the green zone in the south, deny every veichle to drive north.
    if there are no cars in the south, then the talaban will have to use slower means of transportation, and that will make metal dectotors more effecient.

    To remove the talaban mines, the us army has to create a cheap "shockwave" bomb, a bomb that is cabable of creating a very high pressure on the soil that is detonated 30 feet in the air, and "simulate" the weight of an armored veichle.

    August 10, 2010 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Hey another voice... how is it the U.S. is evil? I'm just curious, because I was under the assumption that liberating a country from heavy-handed guerilla groups so that women and children can go to school, get an education, and move on to be doctors, lawyers, teachers, and scientists was a good thing.

      August 10, 2010 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • victim of democrat hypocrisy

      You got that right, Chris! All we want for Afghanistan is security, equality, democracy, and freedom. To the Islamo-fascists, those are evil Western ideas.

      August 10, 2010 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Well first of all I don't know anything about this babtist stuff, I'm Roman Catholic. And you're right, I do stand a really good chance of going to Afghanistan to FREE the Afghan people from the slavery of the taliban, so they're FREE to go to school, to have medical attention, and to have jobs, so they can contribute to society, and so they don't have to kill people just to hope to have the chance of 72 virgins. Oh, yeah about that, I really hope for your sake they're virgin WOMEN. I couldn't imagine the irony of following the words of a faux god to kill in his name, and wind up in 'paradice' with 72 virgin boys. Boy would that be a kick in the pants! lol

      August 10, 2010 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • victim of democrat hypocrisy

      That's funny–this Paki thinks anyone who calls him out on his hypocrisy is Hindu.

      Notice how the muslim extremists hate all non-muslims?

      August 10, 2010 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      Another Voice: You are a real Idiot... The United States and Israel are on the right side of the war!!! It just shows what kind of loser you really are...

      August 10, 2010 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      I wish that this idiot would stop impersonating me! I'm the real Larry!

      August 10, 2010 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Glenn

    Muslim nations.! Evolve out of your dark ages! Hurry up damn it! You are a few hundred years behind the west.

    August 10, 2010 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  22. The Lord Almighty

    You people sure don't have a lot of tolerance for other cultures. Killing women, children and infidels is part of the Taliban culture. Get used to it.

    August 10, 2010 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Onesmallvoice

      Can you post under another name?The one you're using now sounds rather blasphemous.Yes,there have been honor killings in Afghanistan since time immemorial but that doesn't give us the right to be there.

      August 10, 2010 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  23. bailoutsos

    Like the KKK, the Taliban are bred. The world will never see the end of either.

    August 10, 2010 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Big Bob

    Dwight Hute.

    The "Right Wing" UN? What the heck are you smoking?

    August 10, 2010 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • dwight huth

      Come on Big Bob,my name is dwight huth,not Dwight Hute and I stand by my blogs.If you right-wing nutjobs don't like it,so be it!!!

      August 10, 2010 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bledsoe

        Hi Daniel-2.

        August 12, 2010 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  25. FRANK

    How interesting that the word Muslim doesn't appear once in this story.

    August 10, 2010 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • MashaSobaka

      I'm guessing that you're the type who likes to flog dead horses, am I right?

      August 10, 2010 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Ken

    This means we are getting to them. The fact that they are hurting their own means we are winning and they are getting desperate and wildly striking. Now more than ever we should remember war is not a "hearts and minds" goody goody thing. Their use of the civil populations should me we turn up the heat even more. They hide behind civilians and we need to drive straight through them, pretty soon the civilians won't let them hide around them. We really need to not work with anybody else over there. we need to take over completely push all factions out of the way, win totally, then and only then work on turning over the country back to it's people. You must destroy all resistance period.

    August 10, 2010 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bledsoe

      Remember,Ken that the Russians spent 9 years "winning" this war back in the 1980's?

      August 10, 2010 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
      • John

        I well remember that,Bledsoe and we need to get out of there as soon as possible and just ignore these right-wing fools.

        August 10, 2010 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
      • Ken

        That thought did cross my mind. But the Russians were weaker than they let on then. But are we any different ? good question!

        August 10, 2010 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
      • Ken

        John, I have no "wing" affiliation at all. I drop the bull cookies and call it as I see it. Both sides are girly pansies in my mind.

        August 10, 2010 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
      • Chris

        Ken, sounds like we would get along great. When people ask me my affiliation, I always get a few chuckes when I tell them "I vote for the best liar". It's the sad truth...

        ~Sergeant, US Army

        August 10, 2010 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      That would be the correct tactic to "win" the war, in a nutshell. However, I don't think this is a war to be "won", nor do I think we should just drop everything and back out. We're in this too deep for that. What should be done, and in my opinion needs to be done, is to as quickly as possible set up a semi-stable government, train a rag-tag military, and withdraw troops at a steady pace much like Iraq. It's not the prettiest thing ever, but it is the most effective means to end the conflict that I can see. We don't need to be actively liberating a country that has little if no political ties to us. It really is not up to us, that is the job of the U.N. If we need to take an active role in assisting the U.N., fine, but it shouldn't be so personal. One military leader once said, and I'm paraphrasing "If you make a battle a personal affair, you have just lost it."

      ~Sergeant, U.S. Army

      August 10, 2010 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
      • Ken

        That's the mush-pile's way out. You'll open us up to all kinds of attack. You need to leave them going holy &*#!*& what was that ! I guess it's not smart to mess with them anymore.

        August 10, 2010 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
      • Chris

        lol oh I'm right there with ya buddy, but unfortunately Bush's "shock and awe" campaign did work as well as we'd all hoped, and I don't think there's much short of carpet bombing or superweapons that's going to give them that mentality. Would I like to see either of those happen? Of course. Is it? Nooo... because that would make us 'evil brutes, hell bent on conquering the middle east with our Israle allies in our 21 century crusade'. Pshhhhh....

        Sergeant, US Army

        August 10, 2010 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
      • Onesmallvoice

        Chris,will you kindly knock off that right-wing mumbo-jumbo?It 's starting to get awfully old!

        August 10, 2010 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
      • Chris

        Hahaha I swear if I hear "right-wing" or "mumbo-jumbo" one more time I'm going to freak 😛

        August 10, 2010 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • MashaSobaka

      Ken, the Taliban were murdering “their own” (not entirely sure what you mean by that, I’m going to assume you mean other Afghans) long before we invaded. They did it to keep other Afghans under control. Very few people are going to stage an uprising when a cruel government is giving daily demonstrations of its brutal power. The Taliban has never given a damn about the lives of others and never will.

      August 10, 2010 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Chris

    Why is it so hard for everyone to believe the taliban and al-quida are killing civilians? We KNOW they do it, because they did it before we got there. The taliban have been keeping women from obtaining jobs and educations for decades. Terrorist and insurgent groups have been killing police and civilians in Iraq day after day. This is nothing new. I agree, I'm sure the numbers are a bit skewed, but the general concept should't be that difficult to swallow. And on a nother note, this article has absolutely nothing to do with any U.S. political affiliation!!! It's an act in a foreign country, being comitted by foreign nationals for crying out loud.

    ~Sergeant, U.S. Army

    August 10, 2010 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Oh yeah... my mistake. Ha, and to think I actually thought spending 10 months stationed in kandahar province, being awaken at night by rocket and mortar fire, and watching my best friend get shot was "experiencing afghanistan myself". What was I thinking?

      August 10, 2010 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      These People are so spoiled because they were never in the Military!!! They think because they have what they want... That they know more than the rest of us!!! They are the worse criers when They lose everything... Then they blame everyone else for Their loses...

      August 10, 2010 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  28. John

    The Taliban aren't Muslims, they're thugs and criminals who hide behind religion to do evil. Same as any other thug and criminal of any religion who has done the same throughout history.

    The idiots on here squawking about "right-wing" this and "right-wing" that aren't helping their cause any. I don't think there's any value to US forces staying in Afghanistan, but you lot just sounds like idiots.

    August 10, 2010 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • USMC Forever

      You forgot me!!! John are you for real or Phunnie boy in disguise trying to make a case for this obnoxious war,as usual?

      August 10, 2010 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bledsoe

      No John,I'm Bledsoe and I genuinely detest this obscene war,believe it or not.I get very sick and tired of having all these right-wing nutjobs usurp my ID trying to make me look stupid.

      August 10, 2010 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      I'm anti-stupid, which means I'm against both this war, and obvious lunatics like you.

      August 10, 2010 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      Okay, Bledsoe, see that thing you're doing with the misuse of punctuation? Not helping.

      August 10, 2010 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sam

      Too late, Bledsoe. You already make yourself look stupid enough. No outside influence necessary.

      August 10, 2010 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andrew Lubin

      Contrary to what you might think,John,I'm the real Andrew Lubin.Some pro-war right-wing fool or fools are trying to make look as dumb as they are.I suspect dwight huth may be in on it.

      August 10, 2010 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      My sincere apologies,Andrew.

      August 10, 2010 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joseph McCarthy

      Come on,guys.All this bickring is getting us nowhere!

      August 10, 2010 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joseph McCarthy

      My apology.I mean to say that all this bickering is getting us nowhere.Sorry about the misspelling in my previous post.

      August 10, 2010 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Allah

      You know, it's really not difficult to change the posting name. Me willing, you idiots will cut this out. I've been talking to Jesus and Ganeesh, and none of us are pleased.

      By the way, you can change the posting name, but a fundamental inability to master the punctuation of the English language is harder to hide. Arabic script doesn't use the spaces around punctuation like English writing does, and you're doing a poor job of concealing that you're a native Arabic speaker. Well, Arabic or Farsi. Different languages, same script.

      August 10, 2010 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      I guess you know more than the People running the war right??? What experience do you have in the Military???

      August 10, 2010 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
      • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

        If the People during WWII would have been like You People we be under Germany instead of the United States!!! It takes Brave People like Our Military to keep this Country free... Not Idiots like you!!!

        August 10, 2010 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
      • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

        Come on Phunnie boy,quit using my name for crying out loud!

        August 10, 2010 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • lethon

      john got some of it down path when he said that they,ve been doing it for age,and today with all the teck.advances that the world is working with every religion,every human being should know that no god would permit such animalistic behavior as what is going now,we as human should go forward instead of staying in the dark age. we do have a responsiblelity of helping other country evolve but i am not sure we are doing it the wright way.

      August 11, 2010 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
  29. Dennis 2547

    The Taliban are using whatever means possible to scare the civilian population in that Country (Afgan). There MO is and has been women must not be educated. They want subservient women and boy children to become future warriors against the invaders no matter what country they are from. From S2 through to S5 they must continue to show through there actions and deeds that the Taliban are against any future Democracy that Afgan people may want. Those ideological misfits must be defeated at all costs. Get rid of the poppy crops and try as best they can to introduce other crops for international trade. NATO and all Allied Forces are still doing a fantastic job. They have support, I believe, of the entire free world. The other option of cut and run is not in or ever will be in the cards.
    Time will tell.
    A retired US Army veteran

    August 10, 2010 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Right-Wing Thug

      And Shariah Law is preferable how, exactly?

      August 10, 2010 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sam

      I'll take it any day, because it gives a person a voice and the freedom to make something of themselves as far as their ambition and talents allow; not like other crab-in-a-bucket systems where nobody lets anybody else rise and they all sink down together.

      August 10, 2010 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bledsoe

      Sam,will you kindly wise up and forget all this right-wing mumbo-jumbo???

      August 10, 2010 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      This is heavily surreal...

      August 10, 2010 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sam

      Bledsoe, do you have a meaningful comment, or are you just going to label any opinion at odds with yours as "bla-bla" or "mumbo-jumbo" because you are incapable of articulating a legitimate criticism?

      August 10, 2010 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      And the first time you spelled it "Shriya". I mean, it's right there. Plain as day.

      August 10, 2010 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Allah

      Actually, my Jew name is "Yahweh", or "YHWH" if you more of a traditionalist. Not Yaway. What are they teaching you crazy kids in the madrasahs these days?

      August 10, 2010 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      May be good if Sharya would be a little bit softened without changing the prophecy as Islam authority like Ibn Arabi call for a tendency to forgiveness. Don'think so ?

      August 10, 2010 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      The People are scared because the Taliban has been killing them for years!!! That is why We have to defeat them and let the People free of them... that is the only way it will work there!!!

      August 10, 2010 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • garc

      I'll take democracy any day, because I am a woman. I can't think of anyplace worse on earth to be, as a woman, than Afghanistan.

      August 11, 2010 at 7:58 am | Report abuse |
  30. Andrew Lubin

    I wonder just how much the UN Secretary General was paid to make the assessment he did.I guess nobody will ever tell us.

    August 10, 2010 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
    • victim of democrat hypocrisy

      You can post under multiple handles, so I'll respond like I did before...
      Wassa matta, can't handle the truth, ya seditious left-wing loon? Oh, I see–if it's a report on ISAF forces causing civilian casualties, you swallow it raw. But let the world know how atrocious the Taliban are and you don't buy it.

      August 10, 2010 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
      • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

        I suppose that sooner or later,you'll be blogging under my name too,dwight.The gig is up,you fool so give it up!

        August 10, 2010 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      That is the biggest joke... The Arab League owns the United Nations!!! Why is it other wise they go after Israel and not the ones that do the real crimes???

      August 10, 2010 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  31. mordred

    Look, ive been over there. It's definitely the Taliban doing most the killing of civilians. People are on their side because they are scared. They know we are not going to be there forever. They know there would be hell to pay if they sided with us. Its that simple. Most of us would do the same thing if we were in their shoes. So stop bickering about this being one political party's or another.

    August 10, 2010 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      We tarined The Military and police how to protect Their People... Now it will be up to them to do it not us!!!

      August 10, 2010 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  32. LLBD

    The Taliban are killing off women and children, because that is the best way to divide a nation. Women and children have always been collateral damage, the more killed the more devastating. But the Taliban are barbarians, they know only the Quran, nothing else. Compassion is not in their vocabulary. They will kill, kill, kill. They are the spawn of Satan but they have been told otherwise, that God wants all this blood spillt. Remember, they are barbarians and definitely not civilized.

    August 10, 2010 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  33. Bledsoe

    What I want to know is,who paid the UN Secretary General to make the statement that he did in order to make NATO look good!!!

    August 10, 2010 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
    • victim of democrat hypocrisy

      Wassa matta, can't handle the truth, ya seditious left-wing loon? Oh, I see–if it's a report on ISAF forces causing civilian casualties, you swallow it raw. But let the world know how atrocious the Taliban are and you don't buy it.

      August 10, 2010 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
      • lethon

        vofdh that,s telling them brother keep it true.

        August 11, 2010 at 8:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      Probably Bush Jr!!! He is dumb enough to do it...

      August 10, 2010 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Squeezebox

    The Taliban claim to want to implement God's law, but God's law says "Thou Shalt Not Kill". The language doesn't matter, but the blood of children doesn't wash off your soul.

    August 10, 2010 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Onesmallvoice

      Will somebody kindly tell that to the right-wing thugs in Washington so we can get out of this stupid war???

      August 10, 2010 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
      • Superman

        The left-wing thungs control washington, so go tell your liberal hippie friends to get us out.

        August 10, 2010 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
      • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

        Superman: You idiots started the wars!!! It always takes us Liberals to finish them... So quit starting the wars already!!!

        August 10, 2010 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
      • Leprakawn

        @ Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever:

        Might I remind you who was it that provoked us to go into the war in the first place? Had the dems been in office back then, I am sure we would have just gone about our business without any retaliation... right? Whatever.

        August 12, 2010 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      "Thou shall not kill" is Old Testament stuff. It is meant for the Hebrews... As in you shouldn't kill another Hebrew, but people who are not Jewish are good to go. Think the armies of David and Joshua.

      August 12, 2010 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
      • Georgia Goad

        Scott, old Testament or not.....thou shalt not kill is a good commandment to live by. Although, war does involve killing, I would think this commandment is meant for people like you and I. Don't go around killing people because you want to. Try to use a little common sense....GG

        August 13, 2010 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  35. David

    People in all countries want security and understandable terms of behavior above nearly all else. If they know how they are required to behave to avoid harmful consequences then they can deal with even harsh and unpleasant expectations of those in power. That doesn't mean they do not prefer a more benign situation but that if there is no security or understandable behaviors they will opt for even a system such as the Taliban demands. The problem with NATO's inability to offer security over time is that it is completely rational for Afghans to appease the Taliban and to take into account the viciousness of Taliban sanctions against anyone who they consider to be aiding or even in favor of a different system. Because the Taliban have infiltrated Afghan towns and villages and live among the other residents none of the Afghans who want to reject the Taliban can reasonably be expected to do so. Torturing and killing women, children, aid workers, and anyone else who can be used to terrorize and intimidate those who desire a secure and positive life means that the struggle in Afghanistan cannot be "won" unless the corrupt Afghan government and NATO somehow understand that they must totally destroy the Taliban and it is unlikely that will ever occur. There is no question that the Taliban are monstrous and committed to imposing their diseased version of culture and religion on others, but it is also undeniable that no rational person would think that the NATO forces and supposedly "national" Afghan government are capable or even willing to provide security over time.

    August 10, 2010 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  36. dwight huth

    More right-wing UN propaganda just to make the NATO forces look good.This is disgusting indeed!

    August 10, 2010 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Right-Wing Thug

      Let me ask you something: what makes you so sure it's NOT the Taliban comitting these crimes?

      August 10, 2010 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
      • Roy

        If the Taliban comitted these crimes then they would have been defeated a long time ago. The Taliban have grown stronger despite the presence of Nato for the past nine years, this itself proves that the Taliban have the support of the people. Nato and its allies are at a loss on how to save face while staring at defeat at the hands of the Taliban, therefore this increase in the propaganda stories against the Taliban by the embedded (in bed with the army) media such as CNN etc. These Western media are just the propaganda mouthpiece of the US army and Nato, they do not check out the stories or do any investigative journalism, if they did they would find these stories to be false.

        August 10, 2010 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
      • Sam

        Roy, don't be a fool. If someone were to commit acts like that in a western society, yes the people would likely rise up and take them down. Over there, such acts serve to reinforce their power through fear and their authority through violence. The people over there support whoever they fear the most, not who they respect the most.

        August 10, 2010 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
      • USMC Forever

        As horrifically shocking as it may be to you,the NATO forces are not living saints any more than the Russians forces were demons when they were there.

        August 10, 2010 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
      • Onesmallvoice

        Hey,The Real USMC Forever or whoever you are,will you please knock off the Tea Party lingo?

        August 10, 2010 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
      • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

        Roy do you really think they are that smart to do that??? You are talking about People that kill them selves in the name of GOD!!! The whole bunch of them don't have a decent brain between them...

        August 10, 2010 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
      • Muddy

        The idea that abusive "rebel" groups are disowned by the population or perhaps the word should be challenged by the population defies the logic of most of recent history. Ever Hear the Karma Rouge to quote one of many examples of a horrific group which continued for years after being removed from power. I sure all their crimes were made up by the West despite our non-involvement in most of the process.

        August 11, 2010 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
      • mike

        Roy, you are an idiot. The Taliban has something like a 4% approval rating. The Afghan people hate them. The only problem is we can't provide security. The Afghan people are afraid to cooperate with the US and to go against the Taliban because we don't provide any measurable level of constant security and the people kepp hearing about the 2011 US pullout date. Why would they help us? Helping the US is a guarnedteed death sentence in 2011. The Taliban isn't going anywhere. It would be like if their were death squads in your neighborhood and the cops patrolled once a week for 20 minutes. Would you help the cops? Would you rat out the death squad? They live in your neighborhood, the cops show up 20 minutes a week and can't figure out why no one talks to them. We need more troops and no more talk of leaving in 2011. Otherwise the Afghan people wont ever trust us.

        August 11, 2010 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
      • From Bagram

        Mike... It is not fair to call someone who is retarded an idiot!!!

        August 12, 2010 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Natch

      Dwight, you are a sad and misinformed little man. Put your aluminum foil hat back on, and go watch more of your tv show, and leave the rest of this to those of us that are grown up, would you please?

      August 10, 2010 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • jmast

      you wouldn't know the truth if it hit you upside your head – ur1pos

      August 10, 2010 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      If I understand correctly that women and children are being intentially killed then I believe strong intervention is necessary. I do agree that countries should have their own cultures without intervention.....ecxept.....when bararism exists........intentially killing innocent men, women and children.

      August 12, 2010 at 7:15 am | Report abuse |
      • rivirivi

        well said. Enough is Enough! where is the UN? only releasing information is not enough. The whole world must stop teh Taliban. Call to all zillionaris out there, print pamphlets in Arabic denouncing it, some moderate Muslims have come up with the slogan: " Injustice does not stop Injustice" These barbaric actions just show that a group of sociopaths are overriding the will of the common people, digging a hole in the ground so only the chest and head shows of the victim and having family members throw the first stone blowing their eyes first, dying in a slowly and painful way is something out of a very crazy and evil mind and that families actually do it it's mind blowing. We need to work on this all of us. There is no excuse for doing nothing about it.

        August 12, 2010 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |