The death toll among foreign soldiers in Afghanistan surpassed 700, and civilian casualties increased by 20 per cent in the first 10 months of 2010, according to a new United Nations report, as two more NATO service members were killed and the coalition investigated the deaths of five more civilians.
The death toll among foreign soldiers so far this year, compared with 521 for 2009, and 2,271 in total since the war began 10 years ago.
The number of those killed this year that were American, compared with 101 Britons and 16 Canadians.
Number of civilians killed in conflict in the first 10 months of 2010, a 20-per-cent increase over the same period last year. Another 3,803 suffered injuries.
Fraction of those civilian casualties linked to insurgent activity, an increase of 25 per cent compared with last year.
Percentage of all civilian casualties attributed to pro-government forces, which includes U.S. and NATO troops as well as Afghan army and police. That's an 18-per-cent drop from the same period last year.
Civilian deaths caused by insurgent suicide attacks and homemade bombs, accounting for 55 per cent of the fatalities blamed on insurgents.
Number of the 742 civilian casualties attributed to pro-government forces that were the result of air strikes, the largest culprit.
Percentage increase in the number of security incidents in the past three months, compared with the same period for 2009.
Sources: AP, Reuters, icasualties.org