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UN report: Afghan JTACs needed to curb civilian deaths | Military Times
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UN report: Afghan JTACs needed to curb civilian deaths | Military Times

The number of Afghan civilian casualties declined by 9 percent in 2017, and civilian deaths caused by pro-government forces in particular dropped 23 percent, according to the annual report by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan.

Despite this good news, the UN mission still documented a 7 percent increase in civilian casualties from air operations specifically, and advised better air-to-ground integrationthrough the Afghan version of joint terminal attack controllers.

“Every loss of civilian life is deeply regrettable. However, during a time when air operations dropped weapons 300 percent more than the previous year, civilian casualty rates didn’t come close to matching that increase,” Army Lt. Col. Koné Faulkner, a spokesman for U.S. Forces-Afghanistan, told Military Times.

Source: UN report: Afghan JTACs needed to curb civilian deaths | Military Times