Scattered Violence Kills 21 in Afghanistan
Posted on Aug 21, 2010
At a point when news from the Afghanistan war seems to be at its worst ever—low public support in the U.S., record-level casualties and falling confidence in NATO’s mission—new bad news tells of at least 21 people being killed, including U.S. troops, children and Afghan security force members, in a span of only 48 hours.
Different kinds of violence—from airstrikes to roadside bombs—were responsible for this spike in casualties during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, a period that many experts had initially hoped would produce fewer losses. —JCL
Los Angeles Times:
Scattered violence ranging from airstrikes to roadside bombs killed at least 21 people over a 48-hour span, including U.S. troops, Afghan children and members of the Afghan security forces, officials said Saturday.
The Muslim holy month of Ramadan has failed to provide a respite from the deaths and injuries of civilians and soldiers across Afghanistan, although U.S. military fatalities are climbing at a slower rate this month than July, the deadliest month of the war for American forces.
This year has seen a sharp increase in civilian casualties. The United Nations reported a 31% jump in noncombatant deaths and injuries in the first half of 2010, three-quarters of which were blamed on the Taliban and other insurgents.
AP / Brennan Linsley
U.S. soldiers are attended to aboard an Army medical evacuation helicopter in Afghanistan.