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Report: Two Afghan Children Killed Daily In 2010

A US soldier talks with Afghan children
A rights group says at least two children were killed every day in the Afghan conflict in 2010.

The Afghanistan Rights Monitor (ARM) said in a report released today that of the 2,421 civilians the group has registered as casualties in conflict-related incidents in 2010, about 739 were under the age of 18.

The ARM is an independent group that has been conducting annual reports on civilian casualties since 2008.

It said nearly two thirds of the children were killed in Taliban attacks, most of them roadside bombs.

U.S. and NATO forces were held responsible for 17 percent of the deaths, while pro-government forces caused 4 percent of the fatalities.

Around 15 percent of the deaths could not clearly be attributed to either warring side.

compiled from agency reports