The most recent AP report on U.S. casualties in Afghan war indicates that the deaths now stand at 333 (as of June 7). The civilian casualties in Afghanistan from January of this year through June have been reported to be from 320 to 380 killed. May, a particularly deadly month for Afghan civilians, saw an equal number of deaths from U.S. or NATO forces and the Taliban. It was reported that "They include about 135 killed by U.S. or NATO action, a figure that could also undermine support in western countries, especially in Europe, for the far away deployment." The report goes on to say "about 135 civilians have also been killed by Taliban suicide bombs and attacks." U.S. special forces recent operations in Afghanistan have also killed 90 civilians according to another recent AP report. The combined civilian deaths from ground attacks and aerial bombings have resulted in large street demonstrations and increased skepticism among Afghans about U.S. motivations.
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