Civilian death toll mounts – Afghans protest

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Al Jazeera reports that the streets of Kabul have been flooded with protesters, angry at the number of civilian deaths at the hands of foreign forces in the country.

The protests were triggered by an ISAF air raid, that killed ten Afghans, including schoolchildren, in Kunar Province, close to the Pakistani border.

Meanwhile, according to the New York Times, a second episode of civilian casualties within a week is under investigation by the Afghan government and NATO officials after reports that seven civilians were killed in Helmand Province in a NATO missile strike.

Earlier this week, the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan put civilian deaths in the Afghan war at 2,038 for the first 10 months of 2009, up from 1,838 for the same period of 2008 — an increase of 10.8 percent.

For a more intimate and moving account of the civilian slaughter than you will typically find in the mainstream media, visit the Afghan Victim Memorial Project.

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