A US Predator drone fires a Hellfire missile. (File photo)
At least two people have been killed in a strike by a US assassination drone in Afghanistan’s eastern province of Nuristan.
Local Afghan officials said the attack took place on Friday while the US-led foreign forces confirmed the casualties as a result of the air raid. They noted that the victims are Taliban militants operating in the troubled region.
Washington has stepped up its killer drone operations in Kunar and Nuristan provinces along the Pakistan border.
Many civilians have lost their lives in the US airstrikes and operations in various parts of Afghanistan over the past decade.
Washington claims its airstrikes target militants, but local sources say civilians have been the main victims of the attacks.
The aerial attacks, initiated by former US president George W. Bush, have been escalated under President Barack Obama's administration.
Obama recently defended the use of the controversial drones as “self-defense.”
The Afghan government has on numerous occasions warned Washington to stop attacks on innocent civilians.
The US-led war in Afghanistan removed the Taliban from power, but insecurity continues to rise across the country, despite the presence of thousands of US-led troops.
Over the past year, US drone strikes have escalated significantly in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia, fueling public anti-American sentiment in those countries.
The United Nations says the US-operated drone strikes pose a growing challenge to the international rule of law.
Philip Alston, UN special envoy on extrajudicial killings, said in a report in late October 2010 that the attacks were undermining the rules designed to protect the right of life.
Alston went on to say that he fears the drone killings by the US Central Intelligence Agency could develop a "Playstation" mentality.