16 February, 2018
UNAMA Report 2017 says that year 2017 recorded the highest number of civilian casualties from suicide and complex attacks in a single year in Afghanistan with 605 killed and 1,690 wounded from such incidents.
KABUL-The Taliban said on Wednesday, in a rare statement to the American people, they wanted to end Afghanistan's 17-year war through talks, while warning the message should not be seen as a sign of weakness and the fight against us forces would go on.
That compares to a total 11,434 casualties in 2016, when there were 3,510 deaths and 7,924 wounded.
The decline was attributed to a reduction in ground operations as well as mortar attacks in the most populous areas, according to the UN.
"The figures alone can not capture the appalling human suffering inflicted on ordinary people, especially women and children", said Tadamichi Yamamoto, the United Nations envoy for Afghanistan.
Women and children were heavily affected by the violence with 359 women killed last year, an increase of 5% over the previous year - and 865 injured. The U.S. and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation forces formally concluded their combat mission at the end of 2014 and shifted to a training role, but a resurgent Taliban stepped up their attacks and an affiliate of the Islamic State group has also emerged.
Almost 2,300 civilians were killed or wounded in suicide bombings and attacks in Afghanistan in 2017, more than any previous year of the conflict on record, a United Nations report said on Thursday.
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The U.N. Mission has been documenting civilian casualties in Afghanistan since 2009 and has so far confirmed a massive total of 28,428 in the bloody Afghan conflict.
The letter has mentioned that the continuance of war and remaining of U.S. forces in Afghanistan is not in favor of anyone and that this "threatens the stability of the world".
"Such attacks are prohibited under global humanitarian law and are likely, in most cases, to constitute war crimes". That figure included 3,510 deaths and 7,924 injuries.
The UN also points out that airstrikes by worldwide and Afghan forces caused more casualties than the previous year. Aerial operations accounted for six per cent of all civilian casualties in Afghanistan in 2017.
Last year, Trump announced "new rules of engagement" for USA troops in Afghanistan.
The report blamed the Islamic State's Afghan branch for 1,000 civilian casualties - 399 killed and 601 wounded.
Other protection measures adopted by the Government included a national policy to prevent civilian casualties and ratification of the 1980 Convention on Certain Conventional Weapon instruments, which under Protocol V directs clearance of explosive remnants of war.