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Study: one in five UK veterans of Iraq, Afghanistan turn to alcohol

By Ian Drury | The Daily Mail/UK | 01 Mar 2014

Thousands of British servicemen and women who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan are abusing alcohol to block out the horrors of war.

An authoritative study has found that as many as 33,000 members of the Armed Forces - around one in five - are drinking harmful levels of alcohol.

Troops who are deployed in direct combat on the battlefield had a higher risk of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), with seven per cent reporting problems compared with four per cent among all regulars.

U.N.: More children dying in Afghan violence

Source : The Associated Press | 08 Feb 2014

The number of children killed and wounded in Afghanistan’s war jumped by 34 percent last year as the Taliban stepped up attacks across the country and continued to lay thousands of roadside bombs, the United Nations said Saturday.

Overall civilian casualties were up by 14 percent, reversing 2012’s downward trend and making 2013 one of the deadliest years of the 12-year war for civilians.

Afghan scrap yards eye unwanted U.S. gear worth millions

Source : Reuters | 15 May 2013

U.S. forces in Afghanistan are hoping that a small steel industry can be born from the mammoth task of withdrawing equipment by the end of next year, jump-starting a scrap trade and injecting cash into local businesses.

It will cost the United States almost $6 billion to remove the enormous amount of materiel scattered in hundreds of bases across Afghanistan from the longest war in U.S. history.

Afghan Officials: 'Significant Evidence' of US Involvement in Torture of Civilians

By Lauren McCauley | Agencies | 14 May 2013

Iraq, Afghan wars to cost U.S. up to $6 trillion: study

Source : AFP | 30 Mar 2013

The Iraq and Afghanistan wars will cost the United States between $4-6 trillion in the long term, constraining the government’s budget for decades to come, a study said.

Harvard University scholar Linda Bilmes concluded that the United States will face increasing costs to care for an estimated 2.5 million veterans, and to pay down debt incurred by borrowing to pay for the wars.

Afghans Demand Withdrawal of US Special Forces

By Lauren McCauley | Agencies | 18 Mar 2013

Hundreds of residents of Afghanistan's eastern province of Wardak are marching on Kabul Saturday demanding US special operations forces pull out of their territory.

According to police reports, between 200 and 500 demonstrators have gathered outside of parliament, chanting "U.S. special operations forces out!" and calling for the release of nine local citizens "whom they believe are under the custody of US forces," the chief of Kabul police's Criminal Investigations Department said.

Afghanistan a Minefield for the Innocent

By Esmatullah Mayar | IPS | 08 Mar 2013

Efforts to clear Afghanistan of landmines have been painfully slow. At least 45 people on average lose their limbs every month to deadly anti-personnel mines, according to the Mine Action Coordination Centre of Afghanistan, formerly a project of the UN Mine Action Service, and now a national entity.

Under the UN’s mine ban treaty, Afghanistan should have been free of landmines by the end of 2013. The country was granted until 2023 to clear all mined areas in Geneva in December last year.

NATO Shot Dead Two Afghan Children in Latest Attack on Civilians

Source : AFP | 04 Mar 2013

Australian soldiers in southern Afghanistan shot dead two children tending cattle, officials said Saturday, in an incident likely to escalate tensions over the conduct of international troops.

Civilian casualties caused by NATO-led forces have been one of the most contentious issues in the campaign against Taliban insurgents, often triggering widespread public anger and harsh criticism from President Hamid Karzai.

Kabul orders U.S. special forces out of two provinces

By Agencies | 25 Feb 2013

The Afghan government demanded Sunday the withdrawal of U.S. special forces from Wardak and Logar within two weeks accusing them of fuelling “insecurity and instability” in the volatile provinces neighboring the capital Kabul.

Presidential spokesman said that the Afghan ministry of defense was asked to “kick out” U.S. troops from the two provinces mentioned.

Afghan Civilians Bear Brunt of Death, Injury as US War Continues

By Jon Queally | Agencies | 20 Feb 2013

In a war that the US refuses to end in Afghanistan, the civilian population of that country continues to suffer the most with the UN reporting 2,754 civilian deaths and 4,805 civilian injuries in the country last year.

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