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Stephen Green


July 31, 2013 - 8:32 am

Here’s what Obama’s Afghanistan surge has bought us:

The number of civilians killed or injured in Afghanistan rose by 23 percent in the first six months of 2013, according to a United Nations report on civilian casualties, reversing a decline last year and signaling the challenge Afghan forces face as they take over all combat duties from American soldiers.

The Taliban continued to cause the majority of casualties as it stepped up attacks this year through the indiscriminate use of roadside bombs and suicide attacks in major population centers, according to the report, released on Wednesday by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan.

These are the folks we’ll probably negotiate right into the Afghanistan government.

Stephen Green began blogging at in early 2002, and has served as PJMedia's Denver editor since 2008. He's one of the hosts on PJTV, and one-third of PJTV's Trifecta team with Scott Ott and Bill Whittle. Steve lives with his wife and sons in the hills and woods of Monument, Colorado, where he enjoys the occasional lovely adult beverage.

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My first thought is that the Taliban are feeling bold and the Afghan Army, now with primary responsibility for security and combat, is having a problem providing security. I would have expected some uptick in casualties during the early going of the Afghan Army in charge. Tragic but inevitable; the blame lies with the Taliban's cruelty.
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