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Afghan civilians killed by British forces


Fresh details emerged on Wednesday of British forces killing or wounding Afghan civilians.

The Guardian newspaper obtained documents from the Ministry of Defence under the UK’s freedom of information legislation. The files show three British military units killed or wounded civilians on 21 occasions.

The attacks were first referred to by Wikileaks in July when it published leaked US military logs. They took place between 2006 and 2009 and involve the Royal Marines, the Coldstream Guards and the Rifles.

A spokesman for the MoD said the British government “deeply regrets all civilian casualties.” He blamed insurgents for the majority of their deaths.

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair took Britain into Afghanistan in 2001 as part of the so-called War on Terror. After nine years there, support for military action has sunk to an all-time low. A recent poll shows 60 percent of Britons now oppose the war.

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