UN: July Deadliest Month In Afghanistan In More Than Two Years

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) says more than 1,500 civilians were killed or wounded in July. According to a report issued by UNAMA on August 3, the number of documented civilian casualties is the highest of any month since May 2017. UNAMA said the main driver was a sharp increase in civilian casualties caused by militant attacks. It said the use of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) accounted for more than 50 percent of the casualties. UNAMA said it remained "gravely concerned by the harm done to civilians." "I call on all parties not to ramp up military operations thinking that doing so will give them a stronger position in talks about peace,” UNAMA head Tadamichi Yamamoto said.......................

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