Sunday, February 15, 2009

Wikileaks Slams Arrest, Releases Latest Afghan Death Data


A confidential NATO report from January reveals that civilian deaths from the war in Afghanistan have increased by 46% over the past year.

The 12 page report was authenticated and released today in full by the transparency group Wikileaks.

The report shows a dramatic escalation of the war and civil disorder. Coalition deaths increased by 35%, assassinations and kidnappings by 50% and attacks on the Kabul based Government of Hamid Karzai also more than doubled, rising a massive 119%.

Other significant NATO/International Security Assistance Force figures from the 2009 report are:

  • IED related attacks rose 27% and deaths 29%.
  • Rifle and rocket fire increased 40%.
  • Surface to air fire increased 67%.

Outside of the capital Kabul:

  • Only one in two families had access to even the most basic health care
  • Only one in two children had access to a school

According to UK media reports, a British Army officer, Colonel McNally, was arrested for passing civilian death toll figures for 2006-2007 to Human Rights Watch analyst and former BBC radio reporter Rachel Reid. Human Rights Watch published a report based around the data last September.

The London Times, stated that American military officials were "seething" over the leaks.

More here.


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