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Gov’t Imposes Limits on Afghan Forces’ Airstrikes

(Last Updated On: February 17, 2018)

The government has imposed limits on Afghan security forces’ counterinsurgency airstrikes as way to avoid civilian casualties on the battlefield, the Defense Ministry said Saturday.

On Thursday, the United Nations Assistance mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) in its annual report suggested that more than 10,000 Afghan civilians lost their lives or suffered injuries in 2017, with militant bombings the main cause while airstrikes by U.S. and government forces inflicted a rising toll.

According to UN, six percent of the casualties has been caused by pro-government airstrikes.

 “The restrictions which have been imposed on the army are just to avoid civilian casualties,” said Dawlat Waziri, the Defense Ministry Spokesman. “Civilian casualties is unacceptable for the president and leadership of the Defense Ministry.”

Confirming the move, the Interior Ministry Spokesman Najib Danish, said the Afghan security forces’ will conduct the overnight operations with special precision to avert casualties, particularly to civilians.

Since the UN began tracking the numbers, more than 80,000 civilian casualties have been recorded in Afghanistan including the year 2016 which saw the highest number of civilian casualties (11,434). 

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