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Taliban responsible for majority civilian casualties: NSC

Taliban responsible for majority civilian casualties: NSC

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19 May 2020 - 16:56
Taliban responsible for majority civilian casualties: NSC
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19 May 2020 - 16:56

KABUL for other terrorist groups such as ISIS to attack civilians, the National Security Council (NSC) said Tuesday.

This comes after the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said in a new report that civilian deaths by the Taliban and Afghan security forces were on the rise.

The mission voiced concern at the levels of violence in the first half of May, including recent attacks claimed by Daesh, or so-called Islamic State (IS), insurgents.

In a statement, the NSC renewed its commitment to working with UNAMA to help refine its findings to better reflect the battlefield statistics.

“Our data from April 2020 shows that the Taliban killed 141 civilians and wounded 285 others though the use of indiscriminate means such as IEDs and targeted attacks such as assassinations.”

Evidence and intelligence gathered by the government show the Taliban are behind recent barbaric attacks on the funeral in Nangarhar and the maternity ward in Kabul that killed newborn babies, pregnant women, and nurses, the statement read.

These heinous attacks occurred after the US-Taliban deal in Doha and the Taliban’s commitment to decrease violence.

“Because the Taliban see terrorism as the only path, they have repeatedly rejected calls by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, the United Nations and Muslims countries to reduce violence during holy month of Ramadan and to enable an effective respond to COVID-19.”

The NSC said the government maintained a defensive posture for more than two months during which time the Taliban continued their violence, forcing the government to respond in order to protect the people and the country’s infrastructure.

“ANDSF have special orders from the President and security-sector leaders to continue to implement the procedures and policies in place to mitigate harm to civilian lives and property.”

Nh/ma

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