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.

soundoff (45 Responses)
  1. JacklynD

    And we care that the Taliban reject the report why? Human bombs have been responsible for how many deaths?

    August 12, 2010 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Predator Drone

    Why would the Taliban accept this report? Anyone who doesn't do as they demand isn't human in their eyes.

    August 12, 2010 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      Maybe that would be the way to get rid of them and the gangs we have here!!! That might be a win win situation for everyone...

      August 12, 2010 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jack Continent

      Drones, yes.. highttec, highcost pilot savers. its the integenceunits who give these drones the shotpoints and targets who are to blame. not the machine itself. the taliban forces seems to be somesort of fieldcrovers and in that area you probaply get an ak47 when you grow 15years old. its good machine at the desert area like they have chosen to live. but its just the of blastting everything like houses and cars and stuff, of course there maybe can be one or two taleban fighters but also familymembers, innocent people. and the blast is choosing who kill but just all and everything – army style.

      August 14, 2010 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bledsoe

        The Army don't control the Predator Drones the CIA do.

        August 15, 2010 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  3. 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 |
  4. Jerry

    They might just be right! I'm no longer a beliver in the Western right-wing propaganda reports as they keep on trying to stir up war fever among the public.Let's just keep an open mind!!!

    August 12, 2010 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Right-Wing Thug

      You are aware of the atrocities comitted by the Taliban during their reign in Afghanistan? If not......yeah. They were monsters.

      Say what you want about "the west", but at least we don't govern according to Shariah law.

      August 12, 2010 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
      • Silhouette

        What you follow here is the worst kind of mental block you will ever experience in the world, dude. Just because they have created broad immoral boundaries for you to live within and not question anything as long as you can 'score' chicks or drugs or easy money for no core skills (which by the way is due to sucking up resources from all over the world and hand feeding this dumb breed here), doesn't mean you actually figured it all out.

        Learn about stuff before you make up your ignorant mind about anything.

        But most importantly, simply get the hell out of other people's countries and stop the massacre. You are not wanted anywhere with your superior ammo, empty hearts and cowardly tactics.

        August 12, 2010 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
      • duh

        yeah!!no sharia law here! just christian taliban laws. good arguement u moron. the united states christian taliban dictate everything here. that must stop then u can point your finger at OTHER religions/beliefs

        August 13, 2010 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
      • pierce

        Yeah, we only kill in tne name of democracy, a concept that has never been known in that part of the world going back to 30,000 years.

        And good thing we don't rule with religion or it would be like another crusades in that region.
        Hey, come to think of it, it is exactly like another crusade, except in this century it was led by the United States and not the self-righteous Europeans.

        No wonder no one likes us over there.

        August 15, 2010 at 4:20 am | Report abuse |
      • Mike V

        Dude, don't you read the papers? Didn't you know that when the Moors crossed over into Spain in 711 and held most of it for about 700 years, this was our fault. We caused it with our "failed foreign-policy", mostly that of the Bush administration. But don't worry about the chronological problems with that position, since our country wouldn't even exist for another 1,000 years AFTER the Islamic invasion of Spain. Don't be fooled into thinking that the Quran was a call to world domination and a set of strategies and tactics to achieve it long before westernism existed. No, just believe that the ring of fire around the Islamic world is always "the other guy's fault". Talk about drunken reasoning.

        August 15, 2010 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
    • antiJERRY

      Jerry, your JACK-Alpha Sierra Sierra Number 1! STFU

      August 12, 2010 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Duck

      Members of the Taliban cannot read. That is the depth of their ignorance.

      August 13, 2010 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • BrianAtll

      Ugggg I hate the CNN message board

      August 13, 2010 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
      • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

        I hear the talk about both Religions and I really don't see much difference in either!!! You People say Your Religion Preaches LOVE??? All I see is hate coming from both sides... At Least the People that follow the Jewish Religion try to live by GODS LAWS!!! Not all do it but they aren't as bad as the Muslin and Christian... At least We don't try to change everyone to believe in Our faith!!! That is a lot more than I can say about either of Yours...

        August 15, 2010 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
      • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

        If You hate CNN so much why are You on here???

        August 15, 2010 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bledsoe

      Your mind is so open it seems to be running out of your ears. Get real.

      August 13, 2010 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ben

      The real issue is that this is not new information. Ap, Reuters and others have known for some time that most civilian casualties were not caused by NATO. However, it does not make the bash the establishment, anti-war point.

      August 13, 2010 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • PaulC

      A short vacation in Kabul should give you a better insight.

      August 14, 2010 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • airvencent

      One things is for certain that both the Republicans and Taliban both believe in NO!

      August 16, 2010 at 5:57 am | Report abuse |