Taliban, ISIS the cause of most casualties in Afghan war: United Nations

Salaam Times

KABUL -- The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) released its quarterly report Wednesday (October 10) on casualty rates in Afghanistan, reporting high casualties inflicted by militants on Afghan civilians.

"From 1 January to 30 September 2018, Anti-Government Elements caused 5,243 civilian casualties (1,743 deaths and 3,500 injured), accounting for 65 percent of all civilian casualties," said the UNAMA study.

"Of the 65 percent of civilian casualties attributed to Anti-Government Elements, 35 percent were attributed to the Taliban, 25 percent to Daesh/ISKP," according to the report, which used Daesh to refer to "Islamic State of Iraq and Syria" (ISIS).

"The United Nations renews its call for an immediate and peaceful settlement to the conflict," UNAMA said in a separate statement Wednesday, quoting Tadamichi Yamamoto, the UN secretary-general's special representative for Afghanistan and head of UNAMA.

"All parties can and should do their utmost to protect civilians from harm, including by making concrete progress toward peace," he said.

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