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Prof. Marc W. Herold, July 2, 2007

Summary of Civilian Deaths Resulting from US/NATO Military Actions in Afghanistan

October 7, 2001 – June 29, 2007

Prof. Marc Herold

Cumulative compilation of Afghan civilians killed by US/NATO actions. The compilation is derived from the three data bases at

Time periodLow estimateHigh estimate
Oct 7, 2001 – May 31, 20033,0763,600
(Oct 7, 2001 – Dec 10, 2001)(2,567)(2,947)
June 1, 2003 – July 31, 2004412437
Aug 1, 2004 – December 31, 2006726854
Injured from US bombing who later died*640796
Jan.1 – June 29, 2007418616
GRAND TOTAL5,2726,303

*estimates for period Oct 7, 2001 – Dec 10, 2001 based upon ratio of 1.8 civilians injured for each civilian killed during U.S. bombing attack and a mortality rate of 15% of the injured (figure based upon hospital data).

Haji Nik Mohammad of Panjwaee village

Haji Nik Mohammad from Panjwaye village of Qandadahar told journalists on Oct.26, 2006:

"I prefer to join the Taliban forces because Taliban have so far killed only 2 people in my village while the collations forces killed 63 people in a single day. Now you tell me who is my real enemy, the Taliban or the foreign troops?"

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