Three people killed in US drone attack in Afghanistan

Three people killed in US drone attack in Afghanistan

Mon Sep 8, 2014 11:57AM GMT

The United States has carries out a drone strike in Afghanistan’s eastern province of Kunar, killing at least three people.

Provincial officials put the death toll at three, saying the attack targeted the Taliban members.

Local security officials said the airstrike was carried out in Marwara district on Monday morning. Those killed in the drone strike have not been identified yet.

Civilian casualties from US-led attacks have been a serious bone of contention between Kabul and Washington.

The US carries out “targeted killings” through drone strikes in several Muslim nations such as Yemen, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Somalia.

Washington claims the targets of the drone attacks are militants, but local officials and witnesses say that civilians have been the main victims of the attacks in recent years.

The Afghan people and the country’s officials have protested against the civilian casualties on numerous occasions, but the US drone attacks continue unabated.

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

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 continues to rise across the country, despite the presence of thousands of US-led troops.

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