Afghanistan: UN report says U.S. attacks kill hundreds of children
|Publisher||Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty|
|Publication Date||8 February 2013|
|Cite as||Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Afghanistan: UN report says U.S. attacks kill hundreds of children, 8 February 2013, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/512235cf23.html [accessed 18 May 2013]|
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February 08, 2013
A UN committee says it is alarmed by reports that hundreds of children have been killed over the last four years in attacks and air strikes by U.S. military forces in Afghanistan.
The Committee on the Rights of the Child says the casualties were "due notably to [a] reported lack of precautionary measures and indiscriminate use of force."
The Geneva-based committee expressed "grave concern that, in fact, the number of casualties of children doubled from 2010 to 2011."
The UN review on policies affecting children is conducted every four years, and its release came as U.S. policy on drone targeting and air strikes is under increased scrutiny in Washington.
State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said on February 7 that she was not aware of the UN report and would look into it.
With reporting by AP