AFGHANISTAN: TALIBAN REJECT UN ASSISTANCE MISSION REPORT

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Taliban have rejected a United Nations’ report on civilian deaths inflicted by US-led coalition forces and insurgent groups in Afghanistan.

It said that the number of casualties attributed to coalition forces was understated by the UN.

In a statement, Taliban said that the high number of civilian casualties attributed to it is untrue.

Taliban said that it has worked to reduce civilian casualties inflicted by its fighters to zero and has largely succeeded.

It called on the UN to monitor war crimes allegedly committed by the occupation forces more closely.

Taliban’s statement comes a day after the UN said that coalition forces are killing more civilians than the insurgents.

In a report, the UN said that more than 300 civilians were killed by coalition forces in the first three months of 2019.

A further 227 civilians were killed by Taliban and other insurgent groups between January and March.

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