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Associate Level Material Appendix E Source 1 Title and Citation: Zucchino, David. "It Is Difficult for the United States to Limit Civilian Casualties in Afghanistan." Afghanistan. Noah Berlatsky. Detroit: Greenhaven Press, 2010. Opposing Viewpoints. Rpt. from "In Afghanistan, Halting Civilian Deaths in Strikes Is Mission Impossible." Los Angeles Times 19 June 2009. Gale Opposing Viewpoints In Context. Web. 11 May 2012. Critical Analysis Forms Fill out one form for each source. 1 Identify the principal issue presented by the source. The difficulty of reducing civilian casualties in the war in Afghanistan because of the necessity of air strikes in the battle against the Taliban. 2 Identify any examples of bias presented by the author. If none exist, explain how you determined this. The author treats information given by Afghan citizens or the Afghan government as suspicious, but does not give information from the U.S. government in the same manner. 3 Identify any areas that are vague or ambiguous. If none exist, explain how you determined this. There is a conflict in the reported number of deaths. The author fails to explain how the Taliban uses civilians as shields. 4 Do you find the source credible? Explain your reasoning. The author appears credible. He seems to have investigated people on both sides of the issue and has authored a book on the conflict. However, a better explanation of his qualifications would have been helpful in evaluating his
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