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October 15, 2018
The Kabul Times

US airstrikes on armed insurgents increase in Afghanistan

US Air Forces Central Command in its latest reports has said that their airstrikes have unprecedentedly increased in Afghanistan against the Taliban and Daesh terrorist groups.
Previously, the US Air Forces Central Command had considered 2017 as the most controversial year for the country’s air forces and informed of firing 1,634 missiles and bombs on positions of terrorist groups in Afghanistan, but this number has reached to 2,911 bombs.
Based on the recent report, US air fighters including drones have fired 2,911 bombs on positions of the Taliban and Daesh groups in various parts of Afghanistan since Jan of the current year.
US airstrikes against the armed terrorist groups have increased amid increasing of airstrikes planned and conducted by Afghan air forces. Based on reports, airstrikes that are conducted by US and Afghan air forces against Taliban and Daesh have sometimes caused civilian casualties.
In Afghanistan, U.S. Airmen are involved in combat operations as part of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel, while U.S. and NATO partners train, advise and assist the Afghan National and Defense Security Forces as part of the Resolute Support Mission. 
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Meanwhile, Afghanistan Ministry of Defense (MoD) by informing of increasing US and Afghan airstrikes against Taliban and Daesh said: “Airstrikes have been able to destroy most of positions of Taliban and Daesh in various parts of the country.”
One of issues that have raised concerns during operations is civilian casualties in Afghanistan. Latest figures released recently by the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) show continuing record high casualty rates being inflicted on the Afghan civilian population by the warring parties.  Covering the period 1 January to 30 June 2018, findings include the killing of more civilians in the first six months of this year – 1,692 deaths – than at any comparable time over the last ten years since records have been kept.
UNAMA’s latest update documents 5,122 civilian casualties (1,692 deaths and 3,430 injured) – a three percent overall decrease from last year – with civilian deaths up by one percent, the most recorded in the same time period, since UNAMA began systematic documentation of civilian casualties in 2009.  The number of civilians injured decreased by five percent.
A number of representatives of people in parliament and political experts believe that only increasing of airstrikes can root out terrorist groups in Afghanistan as terrorist groups are being supported, equipped and trained beyond borders; therefore, it is needed to target their safe havens and training centers beyond borders of Afghanistan.
“Unfortunately, in recent years Afghanistan has made serious efforts towards counter terrorism and cooperated with countries fighting against terrorism, but lack of world determination for rooting out resources of terrorism has caused that such efforts not given any positive results,” an Afghan lawmaker Hashimi said.
She stressed that one of issues that have raised serious concerns was civilian casualties during airstrikes for which no attention has been paid so far, stressing that serious attention should be paid to avoid civilian casualties during airstrikes in the country.
Suraya Raiszada

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