US drone attacks kill 45 in east Afghanistan
Iran Press TV
Sat May 16, 2015 4:57AM
At least 45 people have been killed in US assassination drone attacks in Afghanistan's eastern province of Nangarhar.
According to reports, the attacks targeted a site in the Achin district of the province, located roughly 150 kilometers (86 miles) east of the capital, Kabul, early on Saturday.
According to a local official, those killed in the airstrike were members of the Taliban militant group, including two senior commander. The Taliban, however, have not yet made any comments on the incident.
On May 9, at least 13 people were killed in a similar aerial assault.
Another drone strike in the Goshta district of Nangarhar province killed at least four people on May 7. The development came only hours after a drone struck the Khas Kunar district of Kunar Province, northeastern Afghanistan, killing at least seven people.
The United States carries out targeted killings through drone strikes in Yemen, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Somalia.
While Washington claims the targets of the attacks are al-Qaeda militants, local officials and witnesses maintain that, in most cases, civilians have been the victims of the attacks over the past few years.
Afghanistan faces a security challenge years after the United States and its allies invaded the country in 2001 as part of Washington's so-called war on terror. The offensive removed the Taliban from power, but many areas in the country are still witnessing violence, which threatens stability.
At least 13,500 foreign forces remain in Afghanistan despite the end of the US-led combat mission, which came on December 31, 2014. The forces, mainly from the US, are there for what Washington calls a support mission. US-led NATO says the forces will focus mainly on counter terrorism operations and training Afghan soldiers and policemen.
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