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The United Nations says the number of civilian deaths in Afghanistan increased in 2009 over 2008. According to the UN, in the first 10 months of this year 2,038 civilians died as opposed to 1,838 during the same period last year, an increase of 10.8 percent.
The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) says the vast majority of civilian deaths were due to fighting between Taliban rebels and pro-government forces. The UNAMA says 468 Afghan civilians were killed by either Afghan government forces, the US military or NATO troops.
These new numbers show that the conflict is far more dangerous for civilians than for combatants, due in large part to the use of IEDs by anti-Afghan-government forces and to the use of airstrikes by coalition forces.
Learn more about Afghan civilian casualties at Rethink Afghanistan.