Afghanistan

    The United Nations has expressed concern over the rise in roadside and suicide bombings in Afghanistan in 2010 that caused a surge in the number of civilian casualties in the country. There were approximately 2,777 civilian deaths in the country last year – a 15 percent increase compared to recorded cases in 2009, the U.N. said, according to the Washington Post. Of the deaths, 75 percent or 2,080 were linked by the U.N. to Taliban forces. This is 28 percent higher than in 2009, the U.N. said. Meantime, 16 percent of the deaths or 440 were linked to the operations of NATO and Afghan forces. The U.N. said this represented a 26 percent decrease from 2009 figures. The remaining 9 percent of civilian deaths could not be attributed, according to the global body.

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    • Ivy Mungcal

      As former senior staff writer, Ivy Mungcal contributed to several Devex publications. Her focus is on breaking news, and in particular on global aid reform and trends in the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, and the Americas. Before joining Devex in 2009, Ivy produced specialized content for U.S. and U.K.-based business websites.