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Distressing Casualty Numbers in Afghanistan

Hemera/Thinkstock(KABUL, Afghanistan) -- The latest data from the United Nations mission in Afghanistan contained troubling statistics about the number of civilian casualties in the past year.

According to the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, civilian casualties are up 25 percent from last year. That figure includes nearly 5,000 civilians who have been either killed or wounded this year.

The UN also noted that 34 percent more children and 24 percent more women have been killed this year compared to this time last year.

Perhaps more distressing, the leading cause of death and injury is listed in the UN report as "ground combat," suggesting that insurgents fighting on the ground -- either against each other or against Afghan security forces -- have been responsible for the casualties.

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