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    Civilian Deaths in Afghanistan Reach Record High

    According to a United Nations report released yesterday, 3,804 civilians — including 927 children — were killed last year, an increase of 11 percent since 2017. A spike in suicide bombings by armed opposition groups was mostly to blame for the “deeply disturbing and wholly unacceptable” death toll. More than 32,000 have been killed since the U.N. began tracking civilian deaths in 2009.

    Is there any hope for peace? Whatever solution is reached in ongoing talks between the Taliban and the U.S. will be complicated by the fact that Afghanistan’s government isn’t participating.

    Read this OZY Special Briefing on the state of global terror.

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