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US-led air raids kill dozens in three Afghan provinces

Iran Press TV

Sat Aug 2, 2014 9:10PM GMT

A number of US-led assassination drone strikes have killed scores of people in three provinces across Afghanistan, local sources say.

According to Afghan officials, more than 70 Taliban militants were killed in two air raids that struck Afghanistan's eastern and southeastern provinces of Nangarhar and Logar late on Friday.

Meanwhile, local police forces said four other Taliban militants also died in an American drone attack that hit the war-ravaged country's northeastern province of Kunar.

The Taliban militant group has not commented on the reports yet.

Earlier on Saturday, Afghan officials said a similar US-led drone attack had left three Taliban militants dead in Afghanistan's eastern province of Khost.

US-led foreign forces have recently expanded their aerial attacks across the country, leaving a large number of Afghan civilians dead.

Washington claims the targets of the drone attacks are militants, but local officials and witnesses maintain that civilians have been the main victims of such raids over the past few years.

The United Nations and several human rights organizations have identified the US as the world's number one user of "targeted killings," largely due to its drone strikes in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

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

MKA/NN/AS



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