Tuesday, 15 August 2017

When Will Afghan Civilians Get Justice?

When Will Afghan Civilians Get Justice? | The Diplomat

Since the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan in 2001, civilian deaths caused by U.S. and NATO forces have been a serious concern. Actual investigations are quite rare and incidents seldom publicized by the U.S. military. Even when investigations are made, as in the case of the Alingar killings of four women and four children, the results are not made public. Despite appeals from human rights organizations, the U.S. and NATO forces have failed to clarify on the pre-engagement and precaution measures taken before the launching of airstrikes. The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) noted a sharp rise in civilian casualties due to U.S. strikes in Nangarhar. As compared to 18 civilian casualties during 10 aerial operations in 2015, UNAMA recorded 89 civilian casualties in 13 aerial operations in Nangarhar province in 2016.

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