An annual report released by 'United Nations Assistance Mission to Afghanistan (UNAMA) and Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission marked 2010 the most lethal year for civilians in Afghanistan with 15 percent increase in the number of civilian casualties over the past four years. Violence in Afghanistan is now at its worst since the conflict began in 2001. Afghan people have only witnessed and suffered a horrible armed conflict. The insurgency has become more resilient, multi-structured and deadly. Dozens of people, including women and children, were shot dead during violent and barbaric intrusions, raids into houses and other counter-insurgency operations by US-NATO forces. Whilst the deaths of foreign soldiers often make headlines, the widespread deaths of Afghan civilians receive much less attention. MUZAMMIL MUJAHID BHATTI, Rawalpindi, March 11.