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Airstrikes & Civilian Deaths in Afghanistan
 
THE ARMED CONFLICT in Afghanistan has intensified since 2005, with daily fighting between the Taliban and other antigovernment insurgents against Afghan government forces and its international military supporters. The US, which operates in Afghanistan through its counterinsurgency forces in Operation Enduring Freedom and as part of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force, has increasingly relied on airpower in counterinsurgency and counterterrorism operations. The combination of light ground forces and overwhelming airpower has become the dominant doctrine of war fighting for the US in Afghanistan. The result has been a large number of civilian casualties, controversy over the continued use of airpower in Afghanistan, and intense criticism of US and NATO forces by Afghan political leaders and the general public.
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