Civilian casualties in Afghanistan

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Science  15 Aug 2014:
Vol. 345, Issue 6198, pp. 723-724
DOI: 10.1126/science.345.6198.723


The monthly tally of civilian casualties in Afghanistan traces the war's grim trajectory. Thousands of Afghan bystanders are killed and maimed each year in clashes between insurgents and the coalition military forces. The ebb and flow of casualties reveal a worrying trend: As the coalition troops withdraw from Afghanistan, the population is suffering ever greater losses. These data, released by the U.K. Ministry of Defence for a study conducted by Neil Shortland of the Center for Terrorism and Security Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, are now publicly available at http://scim.ag/Afghandata.