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US-led war displaces thousands of Afghans: UN report

Iran Press TV

Thu Feb 13, 2014 3:28PM GMT

A United Nations report says hundreds of thousands of Afghans have been internally displaced since the US-led forces invaded the country in 2001, Press TV reports.

Based on a report issued by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), an estimated 630,000 people remain as Internally-Displaced Persons (IDPs) inside Afghanistan due to the rise of insecurity and economic problems.

There is an annual increase of 22% in internal displacement, as the numbers continue to rise, the report added.

This comes despite massive international aid given to the Afghan government since the ouster of the Taliban nearly 13 year ago.

Senior officials in Washington say they spend billions of dollars of taxpayers' money in Afghanistan every month.

However, international bodies and charity groups say Afghanistan still remains as one of the poorest countries in the world.

Figures show the money is spent on US soldiers, military operations, as well as civilian and military contractors.

Several charity organizations including Oxfam has repeatedly criticized the US and its NATO allies for failing to tackle the poverty and insecurity across the war-ravaged country.

Insecurity, however, continues to grow across the country, with the Afghan population suffering from poverty and unemployment.

Several UN reports have blamed the rise in civilian fatalities on escalated fighting between Taliban militants and US-led forces.

The US and its allies invaded Afghanistan in 2001 as part of Washington's so-called war on terror. The offensive removed the Taliban from power, but the country is still gripped by violence, insecurity and poverty.

JR/AB/SS



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