At least 10 Afghan civilians, including women and children, have been killed in an airstrike carried out by US-led forces in eastern Afghanistan. Local officials said on Wednesday that the attack in eastern Kunar Province claimed the lives of "five children, four women and a man.” A spokesman for the US-led NATO forces said they have launched an investigation into the report.
Afghans have become increasingly outraged at the seemingly endless number of deadly assaults by US-led forces in the country over the past months. The killings have been the main source of friction between Kabul and Washington.In another similar attack on January 23, three Afghans were killed and two others wounded in the eastern province of Nangarhar when a US-led warplane targeted a residential building. The US claims that its operations target militants, but local officials and witnesses maintain that civilians have been the main victims of the attacks. 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 after 11 years, insecurity remains in the country despite the presence of many US-led forces. MR/PKH/HJL