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US drone crashes in northeast Afghanistan

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)
A US Predator drone armed with a missile on the tarmac of Kandahar military airport in Afghanistan (AFP file photo)

A US drone has crashed in Afghanistan’s Kapisa province, the NATO has announced without explaining the cause of the crash.

According to the Western military alliance, the unmanned aerial vehicle crashed in the northeastern Afghan province on Thursday.

The crash has been confirmed by NATO’s press office, but it has refused to give any further details about the aerial accident pending further investigation.

Meanwhile, the Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid, says the US drone crashed in Bagram in Afghanistan’s Parwan province. The militant group has not commented about the cause of the latest crash yet.

This comes as Taliban militants have increased violence against US-led forces in Afghanistan, targeting NATO helicopters and drones. The Taliban militants claim they have shot down several aircraft and NATO choppers in different parts of Afghanistan in recent years.

The US Central Intelligence Agency 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.

On August 5, an aerial assault against an area on the outskirts of Pul-i-Alam, which is the capital of Afghanistan’s eastern province of Logar and located 60 kilometers (37 miles) south of Kabul, killed at least 12 people and injured eight others.

In a similar incident a day earlier, local authorities said at least 75 people were killed when US drones pounded various districts of eastern Nangarhar province, which lies on the border with Pakistan.

The United States has been conducting targeted killings through remotely-controlled armed drones in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia and Yemen.

Washington says the airstrikes target al-Qaeda militants and other extremists, but according to local officials and witnesses, in most cases civilians have been the victims of the attacks.

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