U.S. Drone shot down by the Taliban

Taliban says ‘shot down’ US drone

Tue, 02 Apr 2013 21:35:29 GMT

The Taliban militant group claims that is has shot down a US drone in the Afghanistan’s eastern province of Parwan.

The Taliban said on Tuesday that the unmanned aircraft was shot and destroyed in the Bagram district of Parwan province, about 60 kilometers north of the capital of Kabul.

There is no immediate comment from the US-led NATO forces in Afghanistan on the incident.

Washington has increasingly turned to unmanned aircraft to carry out covert strikes in several countries, such as Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia.

Washington claims that its airstrikes target militants, but local sources say civilians have been the main victims of the attacks.

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 regime from power, but insecurity continues to rise across Afghanistan, despite the presence of about over 100,000 US-led troops.

According to the United Nations, thousands of Afghan civilians have died and hundreds of thousands more displaced during a more than 11-year long war.

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