American forces and NATO troops have killed more civilians than Taliban and ISIS militants in Afghanistan in the first three months of 2019, according to UN report out on Wednesday.
The UN report said that Taliban and ISIS terror groups killed 227 civilians and injured 736 others in the first quarter of 2019. In that same period, American troops and pro-government forces caused 305 deaths and 303 injuries in civilians ranks — a 40% increase from 2018’s first quarter.
It’s the first time that casualties caused by security forces in Afghanistan have exceeded those caused by the militants.
The three leading causes of civilian casualties were ground engagements (35%), improvised explosive device attacks (28%) and aerial operations (13%), according to the UN.
Women and children made up half of the civilian casualties from all aerial operations, according to the report.
The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), which released its report on Wednesday, urged security forces to investigate the casualties.
The US has approximately 14,000 troops deployed to Afghanistan, with the majority of those forces serving in non-combat roles as part of the NATO-led training mission, helping to train and advise local Afghan forces.