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More Civilians Murdered In Afghanistan

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...operations carried out by the Government of Afghanistan and its allies “have resulted in a rising toll in terms of civilian deaths and injuries and destruction of infrastructure, including homes and assets, which are essential for survival and the maintenance of livelihoods,†stated the report.

...airstrikes remain the largest cause of civilian deaths attributed to PGF during the first six months of 2009,†with 40 incidents of airstrikes since the beginning of 2009 in which 200 civilians reportedly lost their lives.

...UN human rights chief Navi Pillay warned that civilian casualties were likely to continue rising unless more effective preventive measures were taken.

“All parties involved in this conflict should take all measures to protect civilians, and to ensure the independent investigation of all civilian casualties, as well as justice and remedies for the victims,†said Ms. Pillay.

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How do they differentiate between civilian and combatant?

I'm not suggesting that anybody is fair game merely because they happne to live in Afghanistan, but that a chunk of these civilians deaths will be nothing of the kind.

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