Afghanistan

Defence written question – answered on 19th December 2012.

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Photo of Patrick Mercer Patrick Mercer Conservative, Newark

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make it his policy to make a quarterly report to the House on the weekly totals of fatalities of (a) International Security Assistance Force forces, (b) Afghan civilians and (c) Afghan National Army forces.

Photo of Andrew Robathan Andrew Robathan The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence

The UK Government publish monthly progress reports on Afghanistan which, when appropriate, contain details of casualties in Afghanistan. These are laid in the Library of the House and are also available online at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/afghanistan-progress-reports

The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) publishes casualty reports on its website after each ISAF fatality sustained on operations in Afghanistan at the following link:

http://www.isaf.nato.int/article/casualty-report/index.php

Although we investigate carefully all alleged incidents involving UK forces, the UK Government do not record total figures for civilian casualties in Afghanistan because of the immense difficulty and risks that would be involved in collecting robust data. The United Nations Assistance Mission to Afghanistan (UNAMA) releases its own report, every six months, which records details of civilian casualties. These reports can be accessed through UNAMA's website at the following link:

http://unama.unmissions.org/Default.aspx?tabid=12265&language=en-US

The Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan do not release figures for Afghan National Army casualties.

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