KABUL—This report examines the impact on civilian protection of the transition from international security forces to Afghan forces. Our research in Baghlan, Kandahar, Kunduz, and Nangarhar examined actions by the various warring parties that impact civilians, how civilians perceive security forces’ e orts at protection, and how civilians cope with deteriorating security and protecting themselves. Finally, it recommends ways for the government to address civilian protection needs.

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###Notes to editors:Center for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC)’s mission is to improve protection for civilians caught in conflicts around the world. We call on and advise international organizations, governments, militaries, and armed non-state actors to adopt and implement policies to prevent civilian harm. When civilians are harmed we advocate for the provision of amends and post-harm assistance. We bring the voices of civilians themselves to those making decisions affecting their lives.
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