Action on Armed Violence’s report on the British forces compensation payments for the deaths of at least 289 civilians in Afghanistan, including as many as 86 children, garnered global coverage.
The report, which showed fighting by British service personnel in Afghanistan led to financial settlements for at least 289 civilian deaths across 189 incidents between 2006 to 2013, was cited by over five dozen media outlets globally.
The coverage focused on AOAV’s data on Ministry of Defence (MOD) payouts for Afghans killed, included as many as seven dozen children. Overall, £688,000 was paid out by the British military for 289 deaths, meaning the average compensation for a civilian killed was £2,380. Although some of these payouts were combined with injuries and property damage, meaning this average is somewhat inflated.
The original report can be seen here.
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