NATO says killed 97 Afghans, right body says 700

On Sunday, thousands of Afghans protested against Karzai and the United States over reports of fresh civilian killings by U.S.-led troops in the eastern province of Laghman.

NATO says killed 97 Afghans, right body says 700

NATO-led forces killed nearly "100" civilians in operations in Afghanistan last year, the alliance said on Wednesday, while blaming insurgents for the deaths of 10 times that number.

Western 55,000-strong troops are in Afganistan occupation for more than seven years.

Spokesman James Appathurai said it had completed an assessment.

"According to our military assessment ... in 2008 NATO ISAF was responsible for 97 civilian casualties (fatalities)," he said.

He blamed the Taliban and other insurgents for 973, civilian deaths -- 10 times that number.

But an Afghan human rights body has issued different figures based on U.N. estimates.

Body said that foreign troops killed nearly 700 civilians in operations in the year up to October.

On Sunday, thousands of Afghans protested against Karzai and the United States over reports of fresh civilian killings by U.S.-led troops in the eastern province of Laghman.

The U.S. military said troops, backed by air support, had killed 15 fighters. But Karzai adviser Assadullah Wafa said 16 civilians, many of them children and women, had died.


Reuters

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