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US-led airstrike kills Afghan women, kid

Press TV [1]
April 21, 2011

A US-led airstrike in eastern Afghanistan has killed three civilians, including two women and a child, amid a growing public discontent over such attacks.

A provincial governor said they died in a missile strike in the Dangam district of Kunar Province late Tuesday. He added that 14 militants have also been killed in the bombing.

NATO has confirmed that its troops had carried out air and ground operations in Dangam.

The International Security Assistance Force has also confirmed the deaths of the two women during the US-led military operations.

Scores of Afghan civilians have so far lost their lives in US-led military operations.

Civilian casualties by US-led foreign forces have been a major source of friction between Kabul and Washington.

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Hundreds of civilians have lost their lives in the US-led airstrikes and ground operations in various parts of Afghanistan over the past few months, with Afghans growing frustrated over the seemingly endless number of deadly assaults.

Afghan authorities have repeatedly warned NATO forces to avoid killing civilians during military operations.

The attacks have left a large number of Afghan civilians dead since the start of the US-led invasion of Afghanistan in 2001.

The war in Afghanistan, with civilian and military casualties at record highs, has become the longest war in US history.