UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. Security Council called Tuesday on forces in Afghanistan to take all possible precautions to avoid civilians deaths and urged foreign troops to enhance their understanding of local culture by cooperating with Afghan authorities.
The council also condemned Taliban and al-Qaida insurgents for killing innocent Afghans in suicide bombings and using civilians as "human shields." The statement came a week after a suicide attack killed 17 people, including 12 children, in a crowded market in southern Afghanistan.
"The Security Council expresses its concern about all civilian casualties and reiterates its call for all feasible steps to be taken to ensure the protection of civilian life," the 15-member council said in a statement adopted by consensus after closed consultations.
How about if NATO forces annihilate the Taliban and al-Qaeda? There may be some civilian casualties as a consequence of those operations, but the end result will be the cessation of murders by the extremists and no more need for NATO operations.