Thursday Jan 17, 201301:20 PM GMT
US troops kill Afghan civilians
Thu Jan 17, 2013 1:19PM
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U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan have shot dead four Afghans as the number of civilian casualties continues to mount after over one decade of U.S.-led war in the country.

 

Two women and two children were killed after American forces opened fire on them in Shindand district in western Herat province.

 

Local officials have strongly condemned the attack. The U.S. military has confirmed the incident but claimed that the dead were militants.

 

FACTS & FIGURES

 

On October 7, 2001, former president George W. Bush announced the beginning of the war on Afghanistan. It has now become the longest-running war in U.S. history, and there is no end in sight. The Taliban remain in control of major parts of the nation. Civilian and troop casualties continue to mount. Democracy Now

 

After returning from a fact-finding mission to Afghanistan in May 2012, Senator Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich. reported that the Taliban were stronger than they had been before the surge of troops to the country.

 

Anti-American sentiment is at record high levels in Afghanistan. eurasianet.org

 

U.S. officials have indicated that roughly 3,000, 6,000, or 9,000 U.S. troops would stay in Afghanistan beyond 2014 while Dec. 31, 2014 is the deadline for NATO operations in Afghanistan. WSJ

 

The Taliban has vowed a prolonged war in Afghanistan if U.S. troops stay after the end of 2014, the deadline for the withdrawal of coalition forces from the country. AFP

 

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