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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.

Yemeni children traumatized by US drone strikes

Source : Agencies | 20 Jan 2014

It is reported by Andrea Germanos, Common Dreams staff writer, that the Yemeni children are experiencing psychological problems as a consequence of unending U.S. drone attacks. Yemen had to establish a counseling center to help children deal with the psychological trauma of U.S. drone violence, a Yemeni official told the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child this week.

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

By Lauren McCauley | Agencies | 14 May 2013

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.

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.

Five Afghan Children Among Ten Civilians Killed in NATO/US Drone Attack

By Jon Queally | Agencies | 14 Feb 2013

Afghan officials say that five children are among the ten civilians killed by a US/NATO missile attack in eastern Afghanistan on Wednesday.

"Four women and five children were killed, and five children wounded. One man, who was the leader of the family, was also killed, according to reports from the site," a man named Farid told The Guardian's local correspondent by telephone. Farid is the chief of staff to the governor of Kunar Province, where the missile strike took place.

Outrage in Yemen Grows as Deadly US Drone Attacks Expand

By Jacob Chamberlain | Agencies | 05 Jan 2013

Protesters in Yemen expressed outrage Friday over a recent spike in US drone attacks which killed, according to witnesses, many civilian bystanders in addition to the likely targets.

Dozens of protesters in the southern town of Redaa staged a sit-in at a government administration building in reaction to at least five deadly attacks in the last ten days.

"If the authorities don't stop the American attacks then we will occupy the government institutions in the town," one protester told Reuters.

Syria death toll rises to ‘truly shocking’ 60,000: United Nations

By Agencies | 03 Jan 20103

The United Nations has lifted the Syria conflict’s death toll to 60,000, in a dramatic indication of the brutal extent of the crackdown on the country during the uprising which developed into civil war.

U.N. Human Rights Commissioner Navi Pillay said in Geneva that researchers cross-referencing seven sources over five months of analysis had listed 59,648 people killed in Syria between March 15, 2011 and Nov. 30, 2012.

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