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UN reports rise in Afghan war deaths, blames insurgents

KABUL—Afghanistan’s protracted war killed a record number of civilians during the first six months of this year, according to a UN report released Monday, which blamed the majority of the deaths on bombings by insurgents.UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said the “horrifying” figure of 1,662 people killed between January and June of this year “can never fully convey the sheer human suffering of the people of Afghanistan.”“Each one of these casualty figures reflects a broken family, unimaginable trauma and suffering and the brutal violation of people’s human rights,” he added.Read more:Canada mulls a return to the unwinnable Afghan War: WalkomArticle Continued Below‘What is the price of not fighting this war?’: U.S., NATO allies dispute over troop levels in AfghanistanSuicide car bomb in Afghanistan kills at least 29The report confirmed that a massive truck bomb in the centre of Kabul on May 31, which killed at least 90 people, was the deadliest attack since the U.S.-led invasion that toppled the Taliban in 2001. It also noted that more women and children were among the dead this year.

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