2014 'bloodiest year' for Afghan civilians

UN mission in Afghanistan says it has recorded the highest number of civilian casualties in 2014 throughout the war since 2001

Baku. 21 December. REPORT.AZ/ The United Nations has noted more than 3000 civilian killings in Afghanistan this year, which makes 2014 the bloodiest year so far for civilians in the Afghan war that began in 2001.

This comes at a crucial moment in time when most of the NATO led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) has left Afghanistan and the security responsibilities lie upon the shoulders of the nascent Afghan security forces.

"Current projections indicate that by the end of 2014 the civilian casualty (deaths and injuries) count will pass 10,000 for the first time in a single year since UNAMA began records," the U.N. feared, informs Report citing Anadolu Agency.

Nicholas Haysom, head of the U.N. Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) revealed on Saturday that 3,188 civilians were killed and 6,429 injured in the first 11 months of the year. Casualties among women and children rose by 12 and 33 percent respectively.

“Civilian casualties are a particularly tragic and very prominent part, even benchmark, of the horror of the violence that ordinary Afghans face,” Haysom told reporters in New York.

UNAMA had recorded more civilian deaths and injuries during 2014 than in any other year since it began its authoritative reports in 2009.

He added the U.N. mission had been in discussions with all parties, including the Taliban, to strengthen mitigating measures to limit the impact of the conflict on civilians.

In eyes of Afghan analysts, this was very much anticipated. Nizamudin Katawazi, human rights activist and security analyst told AA that 2014 was deemed to be sort of a decisive year for the Afghan war.

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