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Afghan war in toughest moment: NATO spokesman

07-15-2010 10:19 BJT

KABUL, July 14 (Xinhua) -- The spokesman of NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) on Wednesday described the war against Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan as the toughest time this year and blamed the insurgents for killing over 160 Afghan civilians since beginning June.

"We are in the toughest part of this fight and the Taliban are becoming distrait," Brigadier-General Josef Blotz told a joint weekly press briefing with Zahir Azimi spokesman of Afghan Defense Ministry here.

He said that the Taliban did not care of their own code of conduct to safe that they should reduce civilian casualties.

"They have caused more than 160 Afghan civilians dead since first June," he said and added, "They have killed more than six time the number of innocent Afghans than international forces over the same period of time."

This is indefensible, the spokesman of NATO-led forces lamented.

"I think the Taliban leadership should have to explain this tragic loss of innocent lives to Afghan people," Blotz further said.

To reverse Taliban momentum, Gen. Blotz said ISAF continues to build up forces particularly in southern part of the war-torn country the hotbed of Taliban militants.

"With about 30,000 U.S. and non U.S. troops have arrived so far and more are on the way, many of those troops are being directed to south and southwestern part of the country and their effect will be critical," he stressed.

Editor:Jin Lin |Source: Xinhua

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