August 12th, 2010
09:20 AM ET

Taliban rejects U.N. report on Afghan casualties

The Taliban on Thursday rejected a United Nations report that blamed it and other insurgent groups for 76 percent of all civilian casualties in Afghanistan.

Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said the report, released Tuesday, was part of a Pentagon decision to create a propaganda campaign against the Taliban, accusing the group of attacks on civilians. He said the campaign is aimed at turning the people against the Taliban, and he said the Taliban reject that.

The United Nations representative in Afghanistan, he said, should stop this propaganda and any actions aimed at destroying the Taliban, and accept the reality on the ground.

The U.N. report said the human cost of the Afghan conflict is escalating, with killings and attacks on children by the Taliban and other insurgent groups soaring.

Afghan children and women are increasingly bearing the brunt of the conflict, being killed and wounded in their homes and communities in greater numbers than ever, said Staffan de Mistura, special representative of the U.N. secretary-general.

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.

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, including the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and Afghan security forces, were responsible for 386 civilian casualties, 12 percent of all casualties, down from 30 percent in 2009, the report said.

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  1. apilgrim1

    @Jerry To be free of the "propaganda", you'd have to go there and seek out a group of Taliban fighters personally. Report back on how you were treated if you can get word out without being executed and robbed as a spy – especially report on how any foreign mujahadin leading their group treat you as an English speaking civilian that probably can't recite the Koran by memory. Be sure to bring your wife/girlfriend along in order to get a woman's personal perspective as well so we can dispel that propaganda too.

    I'm so sure you are right – I'd be willing to risk your life to find out.

    August 12, 2010 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      They don't want the truth to come out!!! This way they can keep their Enemies where they want them... the worse the news the better off they are!!!

      August 12, 2010 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      That is one of the most true statement I read on here yet!!! Thank You for pointing it out...

      August 15, 2010 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |