The United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says security-related incidents in Afghanistan have substantially increased in the current year compared to 2010.
“Security-related events” have been up by 21 percent in the first 11 months of 2011 compared to the same period in 2010, Ban said in his latest report on Afghanistan on Tuesday.
According to his quarterly report to the UN Security Council, the average monthly number of security incidents was 1,995 by the end of November.
This comes as a previous UN report on Afghanistan issued on September 28 said the average monthly number of security incidents recorded for the year through the end of August rose nearly 40 percent.
The earlier report had said that civilian casualties, already at record levels in the first six months of the year, rose 5 percent between June and August 2011 compared with the same three-month period in 2010.
The US invaded Afghanistan in 2001 with the aim of toppling the Taliban regime and restore security to the Asian country.
However, insecurity continues to rise in the war-ravaged Asian country despite the presence of nearly 140,000 US-led foreign forces.
Civilian casualties caused by US-led foreign forces have triggered deep anger among Afghans, prompting violent demonstrations throughout the country.
A total of 2777 Afghan civilians lost their lives in 2010 while death toll for civilians in the first half of 2011 hit more than 1462, indicating a 15-percent increase compared with the same period a year ago, according to UN figures.