Six martyred in US assassination drone strike in Afghanistan
At least six people have been killed in the latest US drone strikes on Afghanistan’s Nuristan and Kunar provinces.
The first of the Wednesday raids in the northeastern province of Nuristan claimed the lives of five people.
Local officials claimed those killed were Taliban militants, among them a commander.
The Taliban have made no comments on the incident, yet.
The second drone attack, in the neighboring province of Kunar, killed one person.
Besides Afghanistan, the United States carries out targeted killings through drone strikes in Yemen, Pakistan, and Somalia.
The US and its allies launched a war on Afghanistan in 2001 as part of Washington’s so-called war on terror. The offensive removed the Taliban from power, but insecurity continues in the war-torn country despite the presence of thousands of US-led troops.
The US-led combat mission in Afghanistan ended on December 31, 2014. However, at least 13,500 foreign forces, mainly from the United States, have remained in Afghanistan in what is said to be a support mission.
US-led NATO says the forces will focus more narrowly on counterterrorism and on training Afghan soldiers and policemen.