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Bill Roggio
8/10/10

According to statistics compiled by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), the Taliban have intensified their attacks against civilians while Coalition and Afghan forces have dramatically reduced the number of civilian deaths. Over the past six months, the Taliban have caused 76 percent of the civilian deaths in Afghanistan, while Coalition and Afghan forces have been responsible for just 12 percent of the civilian deaths.

The Taliban have stepped up attacks against civilians with targeted assassinations of "teachers, nurses, doctors, tribal elders, community leaders, provincial and district officials, other civilians including children, and civilians working for international military forces and international organizations." Read the full UN report, portions of which are excerpted below, as well as some commentary by me on this topic at The Weekly Standard.

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