UN Report: 2015 a Record Bad Year for Civilians in Afghanistan
Afghan policemen prepare themselves near a frontline during a battle with the Taliban in Kunduz city, northern Afghanistan, Sept. 29, 2015.
More than 11,000 people were killed or wounded last year in Afghanistan, with one in four of the victims children.
Civilian casualties from the war in Afghanistan reached record levels for the seventh year in a row in 2015, according to a report released Sunday by the United Nation.

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) blamed mounting ground fighting between Western-backed government forces and insurgent groups for at least 3,545 civilian deaths, with a further 7,457 Afghans wounded in 2015, a 4 percent increase in casualties from the year before.

"The harm done to civilians is totally unacceptable," said Nicholas Haysom, the head of the U.N. Assistance Mission in Afghanistan. “We call on those inflicting this pain on the people of Afghanistan to take concrete action to protect civilians and put a stop to the killing and maiming of civilians in 2016.”
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