October 4, 2006 -- The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) says fighting between NATO-led troops and militants in Afghanistan has displaced between 80,000 and 90,000 people in recent months.
Agency spokesman Nader Farhad said most of the displaced are from the southern provinces of Kandahar, Helmand, and Oruzgan.
The agency says the newly uprooted join around 116,000 Afghans already displaced by conflict and drought.
The Afghan Insurgency
A U.S. military vehicle damaged by insurgents near Kandahar (epa)
HOMEGROWN OR IMPORTED? As attacks against Afghan and international forces continue relentlessly, RFE/RL hosted a briefing to discuss the nature of the Afghan insurgency. The discussion featured Marvin Weinbaum, professor emeritus of political science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and RFE/RL Afghanistan analyst Amin Tarzi.