I finally had to peel myself away from covering the Presidential campaign to address the horrible level of civilian casualties in Afghanistan– up 40% this year, with 577 being killed by US and NATO airstrikes. An August 22 attack took out 90 people, 60 of them children. I wonder what level of civilian casualties Americans would tolerate if we were occupied by a foreign country.
The U.N. said 330 civilians died in August alone.
“This is the highest number of civilian deaths to occur in a single month since the end of major hostilities and the ousting of the Taliban regime at the end of 2001,” U.N. human rights chief Navi Pillay said in a statement.
Both candidates have expressed interest in escalating the war in Afghanistan. No doubt airstrikes will remain a big part of the strategy.
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