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Latest Civilian Casualties In Afghanistan Mark Difficult Road Ahead

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Latest Civilian Casualties In Afghanistan Mark Difficult Road Ahead by Mohammad Elyas Daee, Mohammad Sadiq Rishtinai, Abubakar Siddique KANDAHAR -- Abdul Ghaffar is a living portrait of the misery that has befallen a people caught in the crossfire of war.

Most summer days, Ghaffar can be found tending the fields around his native village of Loai Masjid, located in the volatile Sangin district of Afghanistan's southern Helmand Province. But on this day he is at a hospital in the southern city of Kandahar, keeping watch over his injured son and nephew, and five other village children.

Despite their injuries, they could be described as the lucky ones. They survived an alleged NATO rocket attack that struck the neighboring village where they had gone for shelter on July 23. Last weekend, 17 members of Ghaffar's extended family were buried, including three sisters, three daughters, and one son.

All in all, some 50 Afghan civilians from Loai Masjid and the neighboring village, Regey, died in the attack.

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Reported from Helmand and Kandahar by RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan correspondents Mohammad Elyas Daee and Mohammad Sadiq Rishtinai, and from Prague by Abubakar Siddique

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