KABUL - Violence against civilians is on the rise in Afghanistan as international forces hand over security to Afghans, the United Nations said in a report on Wednesday, putting the mid-year toll of civilians killed at more than 1,300.
The United Nations said more women and children had become victims of the 12-year-old war. The number of children killed over six months climbed 30 percent compared with the same period last year.
Mounting casualties are reinforcing fears about Afghanistan's ability to tackle the insurgency on its own, after most foreign troops leave next year. The Afghan army faces one of the highest desertion rates in the world and a chronic lack of logistical and medical support.