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The Afghan conflict could overtake Syria as the deadliest conflict in the world this year, analysts say, as violence surges 17 years after the U.S.-led invasion.The Syrian conflict – which began a decade after Afghanistan's – has claimed the lives of more than 15,000 people so far this year, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.It would be a record high for Afghanistan, according to the respected Uppsala Conflict Data Program in Sweden, which put the total number of deaths on all sides of the conflict at 19,694 in 2017 .Data for casualties suffered by Afghan security forces are not available to the public after Washington last year agreed to Kabul's request to classify the numbers.fighting The total death toll has been rising steeply since 2014, UCDP figures show, the year NATO combat troops pulled out, leaving Afghan forces with the responsibility for holding back the resurgent Taliban.
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