Tuesday, March 10, 2009

VIDEO/AFGHANISTAN: Alarming rise in Afghan civilian casualties ...

The United States are sending more troops to Afghanistan to fight the Taliban and prop up Afghanistan's Islamist government. But what of ordinary Afghans? What do they think of the troop surge? How does it affect civilians?

The following video from AlJazeera English shows the picture on the ground as rarely shown by international newsagencies that seem unconcerned with civilian casualties. Here is the text that goes with the video.

Words © 2009 Irfan Yusuf

The number of civilians killed in fighting between the Taliban and foreign forces in Afghanistan is rising.

The United Nations says the toll in 2008 was 40 per cent more than in the previous year, and things could get worse with the arrival of more US troops.

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