More than 80 percent of suicide bombers in Afghanistan are recruited and trained in neighboring Pakistan, the United Nations said in a report Sunday that showed attacks running at record levels this year.
Most of the perpetrators in Afghanistan are poor, young and uneducated, according to the report, which was based on interviews with failed attackers in Afghanistan, other terror operatives and security officials.
The report urged US and NATO forces to try to prevent civilian casualties, avoid humiliating property searches and if possible deploy forces from Muslim nations as ways to blunt support for the bombers.
"The first line of defense consists of understanding and removing 'root causes' that create demand for terrorism," the 137-page report said.
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