Afghanistan

8 Afghans killed in US-led airstrike

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At least eight people have been killed in a fresh airstrike by US-led foreign forces in Afghanistan’s eastern province of Laghman.

According to local officials, the victims of the air raid were Taliban militants.

A Taliban commander is said to have been killed in the attack, which apparently had no civilian casualties.

The development comes amid an intensified campaign of airstrikes by US-led foreign forces mainly in eastern Afghanistan.

On September 14, an airstrike by a US assassination drone claimed the lives of at least two people in Afghanistan’s northeastern province of Kunar.

Although the US drone attacks have been a source of tension between Washington and Kabul, the US has recently expanded the strikes across the war-torn country.

Washington claims the targets of the drone attacks are militants, but local officials and witnesses maintain that civilians have been the main victims of such raids over the past few years.

The United States and its allies invaded Afghanistan in October 2001 as part of Washington’s so-called war on terror. The offensive removed the Taliban from power, but insecurity continues to plague the Asian country, despite the presence of thousands of US-led troops.

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