11 March 2011
Vol 331, Issue 6022

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COVER The North Atlantic Treaty Organization-led military coalition in Afghanistan has released its internal database of civilian casualties. In this visualization of the data, monthly casualties rise above the region of Afghanistan in which they occurred, from January 2009 (bottom, near map) to December 2010 (top). Over this period, 2537 civilians were killed (large dots), and 5594 were wounded (small dots), with weaponry and perpetrator coded by color. See News Focus story on p. 1256. Image: Created by George Michael Brower, based on a concept by John Bohannon