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August 8, 2012 12:00 AM

Afghan civilian casualties down, but U.N. warns trend not sign of move toward peace

The number of civilians killed or wounded by violence in Afghanistan dropped 15 percent in the first six months of the year compared with the same period in 2011, the United Nations reported Wednesday. But U.N. officials cautioned that the decrease ought not to be seen as a sign that Afghanistan was becoming less violent.

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