US-led airstrikes kill 8 in Afghanistan

Afghan villagers gather near a house destroyed in a US-led airstrike in Logar province on June 6, 2012. (File photo)

At least eight people have been killed when US-led foreign forces launched two separate airstrikes in Afghanistanâ„¢s provinces of Paktia and Kandahar, Press TV reports.

Local officials said four Taliban militants were killed on Saturday in the eastern province of Paktia, situated more than 100 kilometers south of capital Kabul, when foreign forces carried out an airborne assault.

On Friday, four other Taliban members were killed in the Panjwai district of the southern Kandahar province.

Afghan authorities said the militants were targeted as they were preparing to ambush a convoy of Afghan forces.

The Taliban have not yet confirmed any casualties, and made no comments on the airstrikes.

On June 22, at least 30 people were killed after US-led forces launched an airstrike in Afghanistanâ„¢s southeastern province of Paktika.

The incident took place at a border checkpoint in the province as Taliban militants were attacking the checkpoint.

A Taliban spokesperson, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed the deaths of four militants in the air raid.

On June 8, an Afghan civilian was shot and killed by US forces in Afghanistanâ„¢s northern province of Balkh. Several people were also injured in the incident.

On May 4, US-led forces fatally shot an Afghan teenage girl in the western province of Herat.

On April 28, US-led troops killed at least four Afghan civilians in Afghanistan’s eastern province of Nangarhar.

The incident took place in the Chaparhar District of the province after US-led soldiers opened fire on people working on a farmland, said Director of Provincial Development Council Malak Mohkam Khan.

Civilian casualties have long been a source of friction between the Afghan government and US-led forces, and have dramatically increased anti-US sentiments in the war-torn country.

The United States and its allies invaded Afghanistan in October 2001 as part of Washingtonâ„¢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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Republished with permission from:: Press TV