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New report sheds light on British military child casualties in Afghanistan – Middle East Monitor

British soldiers were directly responsible for the deaths of 135 children during their nine-year deployment in southern Afghanistan, and the UK has already compensated the families of 64 child victims, according to the latest Ministry of Defense data. is paying

According to data compiled by Action Against Armed Violence (AAOV) in a report on British troops deployed in Helmand province between 2006 and 2014, British authorities reported that on average only 1,656 people were sent to victims’ families. I paid compensation of £ ($1,893.53). added that the deaths of Afghan children “could be argued to be a form of peak mayhem” in the war-torn country.

“In Afghanistan, where British forces have paid compensation, 64 child victims have been confirmed, but the number of children killed could be as high as 135,” the AAOV report said. .

Obtaining such data was only possible under the UK Freedom of Information Act 2000.

“Earlier documents released by the UK Ministry of Defense (MoD) revealed only 16 confirmed child deaths, so even the lower number is four times higher than previously thought.” added.

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The British Army has paid compensation to 64 child victims’ families involved in 38 incidents specifically referring to children under the age of 18 between April 2007 and December 2012.

However, including descriptions of the dead such as ‘sons’, ‘daughters’ and ‘nephews’, the number of affected children could be as high as 135 in 47 incidents,” the report said. says.

The report claims there is “no evidence that British forces intentionally targeted civilians or children,” but that “there is sufficient evidence for the Ministry of Defense to detail the circumstances of each death.” We have not given , and sometimes the circumstances that led to the child’s death were treated loosely in the document.”

Sacrifice a 1-year-old baby

According to reports, the average age of children killed during British military campaigns was six, and the youngest child killed in March 2009 was a one-year-old boy.

It also shows how an 18-month-old girl was murdered in the province’s Nade Ali district in the same year.

“Both were killed with their mothers or ‘father’s wives’. Just over £3,000 was paid for their death,” he added.

Although most of the child victims were boys, the report noted that “crossfires and airstrikes were the two most common specific causes of death, raising questions about the rules of engagement deployed by British forces at Helmand at the time.” There are.”

“Of the 135 confirmed child deaths, about 68 are due to airstrikes, accounting for about 50% of all deaths,” it added.

According to the report, “Of the 135 confirmed or suspected child deaths, 30 were due to crossfires and other small arms. These accounted for 22% of all deaths. ”

The report notes: “Total deaths would represent only a fraction of those killed by British forces. It only takes Afghans who were capable of making claims and who had sufficient evidence to support their claims, by officials of the Area Claims Office (ACO).”

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“The evidence threshold for the claim was not substantial. Claimants were frequently asked for photographs, medical reports, birth certificates, and letters from local mullahs to confirm they had no affiliation with the Taliban. I was formally interviewed by British officials…most of the 881 fatalities had their claims brought to the ACO dismissed, but only a quarter of them received compensation.” added.

Afghanistan saw death and destruction during the 20-year war against the Taliban by US-led foreign forces, including British soldiers. regained power in Kabul without.

“The number of children killed following the British military action in Helmand should give pause to consider. War always leads to death, and modern warfare always results in civilian casualties. , does not report such deaths.” AAOV Executive Director Ian Overton said.

“This report will detail the often forgotten children killed in the war and, in some way, send a warning to future Westminster politicians who might consider sending troops into battle. I hope that

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