In Afghanistan's deadliest year, battles, not bombs, top killer of civilians

February 18, 2015 6:41 AM

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In Afghanistan's deadliest year, battles, not bombs, top killer of civilians

KABUL (Reuters) - Battles between the Taliban and government forces were responsible for the most Afghan civilian casualties in 2014, the war’s deadliest year, surpassing roadside bombs as the leading killer for the first time, the United Nations said on Wednesday.

A total of 3,699 Afghan civilians were killed and 6,849 wounded in the war last year, as fighting intensified in tandem with the sharp drawdown of U.S. and allied foreign troops who formally ended their combat role in December after 13 years.

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