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Leaked Afghan documents: civilian deaths

Issue No. 2212

The cost of human life in Afghanistan is cheap.

The US gives compensation to families who have had relatives killed.

It raised this to around £1,500 in 2007.

But the US has accused Afghans of fabricating deaths to get money.

The leaked reports piece together a civilian death toll of 369 between January 2004 and December 2009.

This is a gross underestimate.

In January this year, a United Nations report said that 2,412 civilians were killed in 2008-9 alone.

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