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Afghanistan could overtake Syria as world's deadliest conflict in 2018: analysts

15 Sep 2018 1TV News

2018-09-15 | 3 minute ago

The Afghan conflict is likely to overtake Syria as the deadliest conflict in the world this year, analysts have claimed.

Violence is raging across Afghanistan after 17 years of war that followed U.S. toppling of the Taliban regime in 2001.

“The soaring casualties in Afghanistan and the potential endgame in sight in Syria… could leave Afghanistan as the world’s deadliest conflict,” Johnny Walsh, an Afghanistan expert at the United States Institute of Peace, was quoted as saying by AFP.

"Most years have become the new 'most violent year'. This is continually getting worse."

The Styrian conflict, which began in 2011, has killed more than 15,000 people so far this year, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

In Afghanistan, the war is on track to leave more than 20,000, including civilians and combatants, dead, according to Graeme Smith, consultant for the International Crisis Group, as quoted by AFP.

"That could exceed the toll of any other conflict, possibly even the war in Syria," he added.

Earlier, Sweden-based Uppsala Conflict Data Program put the total number of deaths on all sides of the conflict in Afghanistan at 19,694 in 2017.

The new assessment comes as Afghanistan is set to hold parliamentary elections on October 20. The governmenthas also offered unconditional peace talks with the Taliban.

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