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3 killed in US drone strike in Afghanistan

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At least three people have been killed in a US assassination drone strike in Afghanistan’s east central province of Maidan Wardak, Press TV reports.

The drone strike was carried out during the early hours of Monday. Some reports say the victims were members of the Taliban militant group. However, Taliban has made no comments so far.

The United States claims its drone strikes are part of the so-called war on terror and target militants, but reports on the ground show that civilians often fall victim to the attacks.

On November 22, a similar airstrike killed seven people in the eastern province of Nangarhar. Locals said the attack completely destroyed a mosque.

In October, five civilians, including three children, were killed in a drone strike near the city of Jalalabad, the capital of Nangarhar.

Thousands of civilians have lost their lives in US-led airstrikes and operations in various parts of Afghanistan since the US invasion of Afghanistan in 2001, with Afghans becoming increasingly outraged at the seemingly endless number of the deadly attacks.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has repeatedly questioned the legality of the US airstrikes and on numerous occasions has called on Washington to stop the attacks.

The United Nations and several human rights organizations have identified the United States as the world’s number one user of “targeted killings” largely due to its drone attacks in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen and other countries.

According to the United Nations, the US-operated drone strikes pose a growing challenge to the international rule of law.

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