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The number of civilians killed in the Afghan war jumped 21 percent in the first half of 2010 compared with the similar period last year, with insurgents responsible for the spike, the United Nations said in a report Tuesday.
Civilian war deaths in the first seven months of 2010 rose by 6 percent over a similar period last year, Afghanistan's human rights commission said Sunday. The modest increase suggested that U.S. and NATO efforts to hold down civilian casualties were having some success.
The commander of NATO and U.S. forces in Afghanistan issued updated rules of battle Wednesday, repeating his predecessor's curbs on use of air power and heavy weapons when civilians are at risk but stressing the right of troops to defend themselves.
A minibus full of civilians struck a roadside bomb in southern Afghanistan early Sunday, and Afghan officials said six of those on board were killed.
With Wikileaks' release last week of 92,000 pages of classified documents about the war in Afghanistan, it seems everyone, naturally, is concentrating on the details and progress of the hot war being fought between Afghan soldiers, coalition forces and the Taliban.
President Obama's nominee to head U.S. Central Command professed broad agreement with the administration's objectives and strategy in Afghanistan — and beyond — during his confirmation hearing Tuesday before the Senate Armed Services Committee.
The U.S.-led coalition force in Afghanistan first must escalate its counterinsurgency operations and only then begin reconciliation efforts with leaders of the militancy, veterans of the Iraq campaign told members of Congress on Tuesday.
Sounding very much like a presidential candidate-in-waiting, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty spoke Monday in Washington on foreign policy, repealing the Obama health care law, the economy — and some of his potential Republican rivals in 2012.
"Afghanistan is not Iraq," Gen. David H. Petraeus acknowledged as he scrambled to resur- rect the viable elements of ousted Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal's flawed counteri-surgency strategy for Afghanistan. He no doubt will attempt to combine these elements with his own experiences in Iraq, even as Iraq falters into a new cycle of sectarian violence. Both situations are becoming so dire that Army Chief of Staff and former Iraq commander Gen. George W. Casey Jr. recently announced that we can expect "another decade or so" of war.