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Sun Dec 9, 2012 3:48PM
Afghans mourn relatives killed in a US airstrike. (File photo)

Afghans mourn relatives killed in a US airstrike. (File photo)

At least six people have been killed in an airstrike carried out by US-led forces in Afghanistan’s Helmand province, Press TV reports. According to Helmand police spokesman Farid Ahmad Farhang, the airstrike was carried out in Godar area of Nahr-e Seraj district on Saturday night. The Afghan official claimed that those killed were Taliban militants who had planned to explode a car bomb in the provincial capital of Lashkar Gah. The United States invaded Afghanistan in 2001 under the pretext of combating terrorism. The offensive removed the Taliban from power, but insecurity continues to rise across the country despite the presence of thousands of US-led troops. The US-led war in Afghanistan, which has caused record-high civilian and military casualties, has become the longest military conflict in US history. The escalating human cost of the war is putting a great deal of pressure on NATO member states to withdraw their troops. AZA/MAM/PKH
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