US drone attack kills 12 people in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar
A US drone attack has killed 12 people in Afghanistan’s eastern province of Nangarhar, Press TV reports.
Hazrat Hussain Mashriqiw, the spokesman for Nangarhar police, claimed that the attack targeted Taliban militants in the Achin district of the province on Sunday.
Also on Thursday, a US drone strike killed 25 in Nanagarhar. The deadly attack came one day after at least 43 people lost their lives in two separate US drone attacks in Nangarhar.
The US has been carrying out drone operations in several countries, including Afghanistan, without UN authorization.
The US claims that the attacks target Taliban militants, but a large number of those killed in the strikes are civilians.
The US and its allies invaded Afghanistan in 2001 as part of Washington’s so-called war on terror. The offensive removed the Taliban from power, but insecurity still lingers across the war-torn country despite the presence of thousands of US-led troops.
The US-led combat mission in Afghanistan formally ended on December 31, 2014. However, at least 13,500 foreign forces, mainly from the United States, have remained in Afghanistan in what Washington calls a support mission.
NATO says the forces will focus mainly on counterterrorism operations and training Afghan soldiers and policemen.