UN alarmed by 30% spike in civilian casualties in Afghanistan as US to pull out forces

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Almost 1,800 civilians, including many women and children, were killed or wounded in the fighting between the Afghan government and the Taliban since the start of 2021, the UN said, again calling on the sides to stop the violence.

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