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Civilian casualties hit record high in Afghanistan

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ys after one of the deadliest attacks ever in Kabul. A new report from the United Nations says civilians are being killed and maimed across Afghanistan in record numbers.>> In the first 6 months of 2016, UNAMA documented 5,166 civilian casualties. Or 1,601 civilian deaths and 3,565 injured.
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>> It's the highest rate of civilian casualties since counting began. And as Reuters' Josh Smith reports from Kabul, things are only getting worse.>> The United Nations has been tracking civilian casualties in Afghanistan since about 2009. And every year since then, they've reported an increase in civilian casualties.
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That trend is continued in the first six months of 2016. So far this year, the leading causes of civilian casualties has been fighting between government forces and insurgent groups like the Taliban. And increasingly, those battles are taking place in populated areas, like towns and cities, where civilians are caught up in the crossfire.
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Another increasing cause of civilian casualties are suicide attacks and complex attacks. Including the one we saw the other day here in Kabul that killed upwards of 80 people. With no end in sight to the war, it's almost certain that civilians will continue to pay a high price.>> Saturday's deadly blast claimed by Islamic State weren't included in this latest report, but the attack highlights a violent new trend.
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For the first time, suicide bombings and complex coordinated attacks are harming more civilians than roadside bombs. Another standout statistic, more than 1,500 children have been the victims of civilian casualties since January. The highest toll ever recorded in a six month period by the UN.