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At least 15 killed in US drone strikes in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
This file photo shows a US Predator unmanned drone armed with a missile on the tarmac of the Kandahar military airport in Afghanistan. (AFP photo)

At least 15 people have been killed and several others injured in a series of US drone strikes in the eastern Afghan province of Nangarhar.

The attacks were reportedly carried out against anti-government militants in the province’s Harun Baba district, local Afghan officials said on Wednesday night.  

The US regularly uses drones for airstrikes and spying missions in Afghanistan as well as Pakistan’s northwestern tribal belt near the Afghan border, among other places.

Washington claims that the targets of the drone attacks are militants, but local officials and witnesses maintain that civilians have been the main victims of the attacks over the past few years.

Senior Afghan officials have repeatedly criticized Washington for its drone strikes.

Hundreds of civilians are believed to have been killed and many others wounded in attacks by the unmanned aerial vehicles in the country over the past few years.

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