Wednesday Jul 03, 201310:00 AM GMT
US-led airstrike kills 20, injured 9 in eastern Afghanistan
A US-led airstrike kills 20 in Afghanistan
A US-led airstrike kills 20 in Afghanistan's Khost Province. (File photo)
Wed Jul 3, 2013 9:59AM
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A US-led airstrike has killed at least 20 people and injured nine others in Afghanistan's eastern province of Khost, the country's army says.


On Wednesday, the Afghan army said that the airstrike took place in the town of Musa Khel in the eastern province of Khost.

Afghan officials say the US-led airstrikes targeted Taliban militants. However, the Taliban have not yet commented on the incident.

On Tuesday, US-led airstrikes hit Kandahar’s Mianisheen district, killing four people.

Washington claims that the airstrikes target militants, but reports on the ground show that civilians have been the main victims.

The Afghan government has on numerous occasions warned Washington to stop attacks on innocent civilians.

The deadly US airstrikes targeting civilians in Afghanistan have been a bone of contention between Kabul and Washington.

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

The increasing number of casualties in Afghanistan has caused widespread anger against the United States and other NATO member states, undermining public support for the Afghan war, which began in 2001.

SZH/PR
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