US-led drone crashes in E. Afghanistan

A spy drone belonging to the US-led forces in Afghanistan has crashed in the country™s eastern province of Paktia, local security officials say.

The Western military alliance confirmed the crash in a statement on Monday. However, it did not provide any details about the cause of the incident.

Taliban militant group has said it shot down the aircraft. This time of the year is known for the Taliban offensives, during which the militants step up their attacks on foreign and Afghan forces.

Taliban militants have increased violence against US-led forces in Afghanistan, targeting NATO helicopters and drones.

They claim their militants have shot down several aircraft and NATO choppers in different parts of Afghanistan over the past few months.

The United States regularly uses drones for attacks and spying missions in Afghanistan, as well as in Pakistan™s northwestern tribal belt near the Afghan border, among other places.

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

The United Nations says the US assassination drone attacks are œtargeted killings” that flout international law.

The airstrikes were initiated under former US President George W. Bush, but have been escalated under incumbent President Barack Obama.

The United States 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 remains across the country.

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