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Three killed in US-led airstrike in western Afghanistan
A US-led assassination drone attack leaves three people dead in Herat Province. (File photo)
A US-led assassination drone attack leaves three people dead in Herat Province. (File photo)
Wed May 15, 2013 8:31AM
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A US-led airstrike has killed at least three people in the town of Shindand in western Afghanistan’s Herat Province, Press TV reports.

Local police sources say the victims killed in the attack on Zirkouh village late Tuesday were Taliban militants, who had gathered at a house in the village.

According to Shindand officials, security forces had found about 100 kilograms of explosives in the town on Monday.

On May 12, at least two Afghan civilians were killed in an attack carried out by US forces in southern Afghanistan’s Kandahar Province.

The United States and its allies invaded Afghanistan in October 2001 as part of Washington’s so-called war on terror. 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 increasing number of military casualties in Afghanistan has caused widespread anger in the US and other NATO member states, undermining public support for the Afghan war.

In the first six months of 2012, over 1,140 Afghan civilians were killed and around 2,000 were wounded, mostly by roadside bombs, according to the statistics released by the United Nations. Thirty percent of the casualties were women and children.

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