USFOR-A has expressed deep concern over UNAMA’s methods and findings, saying sources with limited information, conflicted motives and violent agendas are not credible.
“USFOR -A follows the highest standards of accuracy and accountability to avoid harm to non-combatants and collateral damage”, said USFOR-A Spokesman Col Sonny Leggett.
The USFOR-A reaction comes as the UN has determined that a US operation caused a large number of civilian casualties.
“UN verified 39 civilian casualties, among them 14 children and one woman, from multiple airstrikes on more than 60 sites that the United States Forces-Afghanistan (USFOR-A) identified as drug-production facilities in Bakwa district and in parts of the neighboring Delaram district of Nimroz province”, UN said in a statement.
Meanwhile, USFOR-A stated that it investigates credible allegations of non-combatant casualties in a complex environment where others intentionally kill innocents, fight from behind civilians and use lies for propaganda.
“Unlike UNAMA, USFOR-A does not rely on websites like Voice of Jihad”, Col Sonny Leggett said.
USFOR-A further added that UNAMA reports rely primarily on human sources that may have only limited relevant information.