Thursday, 29 September 2011

Violence in Afghanistan increased by nearly 40%

Violence in the context of the war affecting Afghanistan for 10 years has increased almost 40 percent in 2011 over the same period in 2010, according to a UN report released Wednesday.

Despite the presence of some 140,000 soldiers of the NATO international force, of which more than two-thirds are American, the Taliban insurgency has intensified considerably in recent years.

At the same time, have extended their guerrilla action most of the country, multiplying even suicide attacks in the heart of the capital Kabul. In its quarterly report to the Security Council, the Secretariat General of the United Nations noted "an average of 2,108 violent incidents per month" in the first eight months of 2011, "ie, an increase of 39 percent over the eight first months of 2010. "

Two-thirds of the violence is concentrated in southern and southeastern Afghanistan, the traditional stronghold of Taliban and other insurgent groups linked to them, according to the UN, and especially in the province of Kandahar.

Consequently, the number of civilians killed during the summer increased by 5 percent over the same period in 2010, which means 971 civilian deaths between June and August 2011.

Three quarters of the victims are attributed to actions of the insurgents and 12 percent to the NATO international force under the command of the U.S.. The previous quarterly report of the UN on the situation in Afghanistan could see a 15 percent increase in the number of civilians killed in the first six months of the year over the same period in 2010, suggesting one year 2011 as the deadliest in 10 years of war.

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