Adding to Record Casualties Under Trump, US Bombing Kills 11 Afghan Civilians

September 27, 2020 0 By HearthstoneYarns

As President Donald Trump continues to flout urgent calls for diplomacy and deepen American involvement in the 16-year war in Afghanistan, U.S. airstrikes on Wednesday reportedly killed at least 11 Afghan civilians and injured over a dozen more.

“United Nations figures showed a 43 percent spike in civilian casualties from both Afghan and U.S. airstrikes in the first half of the year.”
Reuters

This latest bombing campaign marks “the second deadly allied strike in three days to add to the country’s mounting civilian death toll,” the New York Times reports.

“Three families were living in the house which was bombed; 11 people, including eight women, were killed,” Hawas Khan Kochai, a local resident, told the Times in an interview.

In the first seven months of 2017, the U.S. has dropped over 1,200 bombs in Afghanistan, far exceeding the number dropped by this point last year.

With the soaring number of bombs dropped has come a staggering upsurge in civilian casualties, which have reached a record high.

“United Nations figures showed a 43 percent spike in civilian casualties from both Afghan and U.S. airstrikes in the first half of the year, with 95 killed and 137 wounded,” Reuters noted on Wednesday.

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