Security Operations in Afghanistan Caused $100 Million in Damages

January 12, 2011 Updated: October 1, 2015

A U.S. soldier from Bravo Troop 1-75 Cavalry 2nd Brigade 101st Airborne Division records video footage while blowing up an Improvised Explosive device (IED) in Zari district of Kandahar province on December 29, 2010. (Behrouz Mehri/AFP/Getty Images)
A U.S. soldier from Bravo Troop 1-75 Cavalry 2nd Brigade 101st Airborne Division records video footage while blowing up an Improvised Explosive device (IED) in Zari district of Kandahar province on December 29, 2010. (Behrouz Mehri/AFP/Getty Images)
Conflict with Taliban insurgents has caused more than $100 million in damage to fruit crops and homes in Afghanistan, the country’s officials said Tuesday, according to Reuters.

The majority of the damage is in southern Kandahar Province, a bulwark of the Taliban movement where international Afghan forces have carried out extensive security operations.

An adviser to Afghan President Hamid Karzai, Mohammad Sadiq Aziz, wrote in a statement that domestic and foreign troops caused unreasonable damage, Reuters reported.

Aziz said, "The Omid (Hope) military operation, which has been going on for some time in Arghandab, Zhari, and Panjwai districts, has inflicted severe damage to the people,” according to the report.