Pentagon Claims 'Zero Chance of Civilian Casualties' in Deadly Afghan Strike

Pentagon Claims 'Zero Chance of Civilian Casualties' in Deadly Afghan Strike”

Several civilians have been killed in an USA airstrike in eastern Afghanistan, local officials said on Friday.

Several civilians have been killed in an USA airstrike in eastern Afghanistan, local officials said on Friday, the latest setback in efforts to bring peace to the war-torn country.

Earlier in the day, the district governor of Haska Mena district, Saaz Wali, told reporters that as many as 16 civilians, including women and children had been killed when a passenger van and a nearby house were hit by a USA air strike.

A spokesman for the United States military in Kabul said military officials were aware of the reports but would not comment immediately.

On July 24, Afghan officials said, nine civilians were killed in a U.S. airstrike on a prayer ceremony held in Haska Meena district by relatives of Islamic State members who had previously been killed.

The Islamic State fighters are believed to be relatively few, and in the Nangarhar area they fight against both the Afghan government and the more numerous Taliban insurgents.

"In the strike, five insurgents were killed and two others were wounded".

Every so often، U.S. air raids kill both Afghan soldiers and civilians across the country. Back in February، American airstrikes also killed 22 civilians in the same province.

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation said they were unable to provide any information when ed by AFP.

Attaullah Khogyani, a spokesman for the Nangarhar provincial governor, previously said that an unknown number of casualties had occurred in the area, but later confirmed that at least 16 civilians were killed.

According to TOLO News، the air raid hit a civilian vehicle in Haska Mina district late on Thursday. It came after a USA airstrike in Sangin killed at least 18 civilians, mostly women and children, in February. Civilian deaths are at an all-time high in Afghanistan.

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