Civilian deaths in Afghanistan continue to grow and recently reached 16-year high due to the Taliban frequently used improvised explosive devices.
A new U.N. report has revealed that the terrorist organization is controlling around 40 percent of the country.
The report also revealed the staggering number of civilian deaths that have taken place over a small window of time.
“A total of 1,662 civilian deaths were confirmed between 1 January and 30 June — an increase of two percent on the same period last year, according to figures from the U.N. Assistance Mission in Afghanistan,” the U.N. report stated.
Conservative Tribune reports:
The report also mentioned “that 40 percent of all civilian casualties during the six-month period were killed or injured by anti-government forces using improvised explosive devices (IEDs), such as suicide bombs and pressure-plate devices, which were responsible for the deaths of 596 civilians and injured 1,483.”
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein noted that “the statistics in this report, horrifying though they are, can never fully convey the sheer human suffering of the people of Afghanistan,” according to The Atlantic.
The United States has had a presence in Afghanistan for quite some time — largely because the Afghan National Security Forces has proven themselves completely unable to secure their country on their own.
According to The Daily Caller, Secretary of Defense James Mattis is now considering sending in the maximum number of troops that he can send, around 4,000, to try and fix this problem.
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