US trooper injured in west Afghanistan

In this night exposure US soldiers prepare their weapons and equipment before boarding a Chinook military helicopter in Zahri district, Kandahar province. (File photo)

One member of the US Special Forces has been injured during a nighttime operation in Afghanistan’s western province of Herat, Press TV reports.

The incident took place Monday night when the American forces attacked a home in Shindand district, local police chief Ghulam Sakhi Hussian said on Tuesday.

He added that two militants and two women have been killed during the attack. Three children and an Afghan trooper also have been wounded during the operation, he said.

Earlier Tuesday, local Afghan officials said that at least six Afghan civilians were killed in a military operation carried out by US-led troopers in the district.

Security officials also said that ten gunmen also were killed in the operation.

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

Similar incidents in the past have led to violent public protests.

The United States and its allies entered the war in Afghanistan in October 2001 as part of Washington’s so-called war on terror. The offensive removed the Taliban from power, but after more than 11 years, the foreign troops have still not been able to establish security in the country.

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