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Global News Blog UN: Afghan civilian casualties on the rise amid new fighting

Reversing a downward trend, civilian casualties have risen 23 percent, in part because of fighting between government forces and insurgents.

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A new UN report on the protection of civilians in Afghanistan is painting a bleak picture of the country after the withdrawal of American forces. Issued by the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), the report said that Afghan civilian casualties are rising, noting an increase of 23 percent in the first half of 2013.