Afghanistan

UN: Civilian Deaths Down 15 Percent in Afghanistan; Five Year Low

There were 1145 non-combotants killed in the first part of this year, mostly from Taliban attacks

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The number of Afghan civilian casualties has fallen for the first time in at least five years, dropping by 15 per cent during the first half of this year compared to the same period last year, the United Nations has said.

A total of 1,145 Afghan non-combatants lost their lives in violence, mostly Taliban attacks, between January 1 and June 30 this year, compared to 1,510 in 2011, the UN said on Wednesday.