US-led offensives displace Afghans

September 30, 2010

A new US-led offensive in troubled southern Afghanistan has forced thousands of civilians to flee their homes, Kabul officials say.

Hundreds of families have been displaced by fierce clashes around Kandahar city.

According to Afghan authorities, so far close 1,000 families have fled the area.

“More than 900 families have arrived from Arghandab and Zhari districts to Kandahar city in the past month,” said Mohammad Azim Nawabi, the director of Kandahar refugee department.

“People are still fleeing their villages and are in a very bad state when they arrive.”

Many of those, who fled their homes, are now receiving aid via international charity organizations.

More than 7,000 US-led troops launched Operation Dragon Strike outside Kandahar last week.

Hundreds of civilians have lost their lives in US-led airstrikes or ground operations in different parts of the war-ravaged country over the past months.

Civilian deaths at the hands of foreign troops have always been a source of anger for Afghans, and drawn strong criticism from Kabul.

The loss of civilian lives at the hand of foreign forces has led to a dramatic increase in anti-American sentiments in Afghanistan.

A recent UN report revealed that civilian deaths have jumped by 31 percent in the first half of 2010.


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  1. Please, tell more in detail..

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