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US drone raid kills 14 in eastern Afghanistan

3 July 2016 11:48

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A United States drone strike has killed at least 14 people in Afghanistan’s eastern Nangarhar Province.

Local sources said three Taliban militants were among the dead. It is not clear whether the rest of the casualties were civilians.

The US spy agency, the CIA, has used hundreds of unmanned aircraft to conduct surveillance flights and airstrikes in Afghanistan since 2001, when the US and its allies invaded the country.

The US claims the airstrikes target members of al-Qaeda and other militants, but according to local officials and witnesses, civilians have also been the victims of the attacks in many cases.

Such attacks are also carried out inside Pakistan, where Taliban members are also present.

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