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US forces assail Taliban for suffering of Afghans

US forces assail Taliban for suffering of Afghans

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Apr 24, 2019 - 12:17

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): In a veiled reference to a UN report on civilian casualties, US forces in Afghanistaninfo-icon said on Wednesday they were striving for precision in their operations.

In a statement, the US forces said: “We hold ourselves to the highest standards of accuracy and accountability.  We strive for precision in all of our operations.

“We reserve the right of self-defense of our forces as well as the Afghan security forces,” the US military argued.

The statement added the best way to end the suffering of non-combatants was to end the fighting through an agreed-upon reduction in violence on all sides.

“The Talibaninfo-icon are ultimately responsible for the suffering and deaths of their fellow Afghans as long as they ignore demands for peace,” it added.

For the first time in the 18-year conflict, more civilians have been killed by Afghan and international forces than by militants, the UN mission said in a quarterly report.

Foreign and pro-government forces were blamed for the deaths of 305 civilians and rebel outfits for 227 people in the first three months of 2019.

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