Afghanistan: Alarming Spike In Civilian Airstrike Deaths
Taking a closer look at the data, 313 civilians have been killed while 336 have been injured. The figures are raising questions about the use of air power by the Afghan military and its international partners. The U.S. has increased its support for the Afghan air force, supplying it with A-29 attack aircraft, Blackhawk helicopters and a host of munitions, particularly unguided rockets and bombs. Increasing numbers of sorties by coalition aircraft and the use of unguided weaponry by the Afghan air force are thought to be major contributory factors to the increasing death toll.
This chart shows civilians killed and injured in aerial operations in Afghanistan (2009-2018)*.