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65 killed in US overnight airstrikes in Afghanistan

Iran Press TV

Mon Jul 29, 2013 11:43AM GMT

At least 65 have been killed in overnight airstrikes carried out by US forces in Afghanistan’s eastern province of Paktia, Press TV reports.

The casualties came after a series of airstrikes happened in an area of Paktia Province on Sunday night. The US military has confirmed separate air raids in three villages, saying those killed were militants.

While Washington claims that its airstrikes target militants, local sources say civilians have been the main victims of the attacks.

The Taliban have not yet commented on the deadly incident.

Just two days ago, at least 60 people were killed and several others severely injured in similar airstrikes.

American forces have increased their air attacks in Afghanistan in recent weeks.

The raids are a source of friction between Kabul and Washington as they often result in civilian deaths. The Afghan government has on numerous occasions warned Washington to stop attacks on innocent civilians.

Many civilians have lost their lives in US-led strikes and operations in various parts of Afghanistan over the past decade, with Afghans becoming increasingly outraged at the seemingly endless number of the deadly assaults.

The United States and its allies invaded Afghanistan in 2001 as part of Washington’s so-called war on terror. The offensive removed the Taliban from power, but insecurity remains high in the country.

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