Civilian deaths in Afghanistan dropped 12% in 2012 - the first time that figure has fallen in six years, a U.N. report said Tuesday.
The report by the U.N. Assistance Mission to Afghanistan (UNAMA) credits the decline to:
- fewer suicide bombings
- a decline in aerial attacks
- less ground fighting between pro-government and militant forces
- care taken by those pro-government forces to minimize harm to civilians.FULL STORY