Civilian Deaths, Injuries in Afghanistan Soar 22 Percent: United Nations

February 18, 2015 2:46 PM

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KABUL, Afghanistan — Battles between the Taliban and government forces were responsible for the most Afghan civilian casualties in 2014, 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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