U.S. Must Provide Accountability for Afghan Civilian Deaths


President Barack Obama approved the deployment of extra troops in Afghanistan last week and urged NATO allies to follow suit. Amnesty International has urged forces to do more to provide accountability for civilian casualties of military action.

"2008 was the most violent year for civilians since the fall of the Taleban and Afghans are increasingly resentful about civilians casualties caused by international forces during night raids and other actions of this sort," said Sam Zarifi, Amnesty International’s Asia-Pacific director.. "The challenge for the USA and its allies is to ensure that the surge of international troops into the country will provide better security for Afghans, and not put them at greater risk."

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