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Afghan War; Over 93,000 Civilian Victims In Last Decade

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(Last Updated On: July 19, 2019)

According to statistics of the United Nations, at least 93,000 civilians have been killed or injured (93,448 victims, 32,695 killed, 60,753 wounded) in Afghanistan since 2009 through March 2019 as the result of war and violence.

The terroristic groups are considered as the reason behind the civilian causalities; however, the government has not been assumed faultless in this regard.

“When we recognize that there are civilians near to the terrorists we do not conduct any operation,” said Rohullah Ahmadzai, the Spokesperson of the Defense Ministry.

However, the figures of the civilian causalities are considerably more different in comparison to the recorded statistics in the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC).

According to the AIHRC’s figures, over 75,000 civilians have been killed and injured (over 26,162 killed, around 49,154 wounded) in the last decade as the result of the Afghan war.

The number of civilian causalities is assumed to be more than the number in the previous administration.

“Unfortunately, we have been witnessed the increase of the civilian causalities in last five years in which both sides have been involved in,” said Sayeed Musa Mahmoudi. The Chief Executive Director of AIHRC.

Concurrently with the recent peace efforts, no change has come in the number of civilian causalities although an agreement was made in the Doha intra-Afghan summit on stopping the military activities in the locations where civilians are residing.

“We hope the peace talks have positive results so we can witness peace in the country,” said Sayeed Ahmad Arman, a Kabul resident.

This comes as the United States has said that reducing the violence especially the civilian causalities in Afghanistan is one of the main perspectives in peace talks with the Taliban.

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Another two B-52 bombers arrive in region to protect US troops

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Two additional US Air Force B-52H Stratofortress aircraft from the 5th Bomb Wing, Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, arrived at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, on Tuesday as the US Forces and NATO ramp up the troops’ withdrawal process.

According to the US Central Command, the bombers join the four B-52 aircraft that arrived at Al Udeid in late April.

These aircraft are in place to “protect the orderly and responsible withdrawal of US and coalition forces from Afghanistan,” CENTCOM stated.

In addition, CENTCOM stated it is committed to providing the necessary force protection to ensure the drawdown is conducted in a safe manner.

On Saturday, the US military and coalition forces officially started their withdrawal process after almost 20 years in the country.

Within days of the start of the exit process, US officials said 60 planeloads of military equipment had already left the country.

According to reports, US military cargo flights were working around the clock to move hardware out of Afghanistan.

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Afghan security forces able to defend the country on their own: MPs

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With the withdrawal of foreign forces underway, members of the Wolesi Jirga (Lower House of Parliament) said on Thursday that the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) are able to defend their country on their own.

MPs said however that reforms need to be brought on a leadership level within the ANDSF.

“After the withdrawal of foreign forces some challenges will exist, but it is related to the leadership of the ANDSF and how they manage the war,” said Khan Agha Rezayee, the head of parliament’s security commission.

“We have a national army, national police, and NDS that can defend the country independently, and they have proven that they can defend the country.”

The Ministry of Defense (MoD), meanwhile, stated that Afghan forces are able to defend the country and people on their own.

“ANDSF are willing to defend the country in every situation; 96% of the operations including night operations and airstrikes are conducted by the Afghan forces. We assure people they need not worry as ANDSF have proven that they can defend the country and people,” said Rohullah Ahmadzai, spokesman for the MoD.

Some Kabul residents said that supporting the ANDSF in this time will empower them to ensure security.

“Our security forces are strong, and we believe that they can ensure security. We are proud of them that they can thwart Taliban plans,” said Yasin Shinwari, a resident of Kabul city.

“We believe in the capabilities of the security forces, but the forces need better equipment to go on the offensive,” said Sayed Ali Sena Sadat, another resident of Kabul city.

This comes as reports emerged this week that the Taliban is advancing on key cities in Baghlan, Helmand and Ghazni provinces.

According to reports a number of soldiers have been killed in clashes with the Taliban in Ghazni and Baghlan provinces and in Helmand – while an unknown number have surrendered to the Taliban.

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Taliban capture key dam in Kandahar province

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The Taliban has captured Afghanistan’s second-biggest dam after months of fierce fighting in its former bastion of Kandahar, the group and officials said, as the US forces have begun the withdrawal of its troops from the country after 20 years, AFP reported.

The Dahla Dam, which provides irrigation to farmers via a network of canals as well as drinking water for the provincial capital, was now under Taliban control, local officials told AFP news agency on Thursday.

A Taliban spokesman Qari Yousuf also confirmed this and said: “We have seized the Dahla Dam in Arghandab.”

Haji Gulbuddin, governor of an adjacent district, confirmed the dam “is now in the control of the Taliban”, AFP reported.

“Our security forces … asked for reinforcements but they failed to get it,” he said.

Kandahar water department chief Tooryalay Mahboobi told AFP the Taliban recently warned Dahla employees not to go to work.

Last month the armed fighters blew up a bridge that connected the dam to adjacent districts, AFP reported.

Dahla was built by the US nearly 70 years ago to provide water for irrigating land in about seven districts of Kandahar.

In 2019, the Asian Development Bank approved a grant of nearly $350m to be used partly to expand the reservoir-style project.

The surrounding district has seen intense fighting in the past six months, but officials announced in April that the area had been cleared.

Before retreating, the Taliban planted explosives across the area – including in residential complexes – officials said.

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