Civilian deaths

Afghans have been angered by the high numbers of civilians killed and injured by US- and Nato-led raids in recent weeks and the government has urged a review of foreign combat operations.

A report by Human Rights Watch (HRW), a New York-based rights organisation, said in 2006, 230 civilians died during US or Nato attacks out of a total of 929 Afghans in the conflict that year.

In 2007, HRW said 321 were killed by US or Nato air attacks, and in 2008 so far, almost 130 people have been killed.