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US-led airstrikes kill Afghan civilians

Press TV [1]
Jan 24, 2011

Two separate airstrikes by US-led foreign forces have killed at least five civilians and wounded several others in various parts of Afghanistan.

Two civilians were killed and another wounded in a US airstrike in the eastern province of Logar.

A spokesman for the Logar governor told Press TV that the victims were mine workers.

American infantry took the dead bodies before leaving the area.

Another airstrike by foreign forces killed three more Afghan civilians in the northwestern province of Badghis. Several others were also wounded in the attack.

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 becoming more outraged over the seemingly endless number of deadly assaults.

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The Afghan interior ministry says more than 2,000 civilians lost their lives in violence across Afghanistan in 2010.

Civilians have been the main victims of violence in Afghanistan, particularly in the country’s troubled southern and eastern provinces, where they are killed by both militant and foreign fire.

Civilian casualties have long been a source of friction between the Afghan government and US-led foreign forces.

The surge in violence comes despite the presence of 150,000 foreign troops, which are engaged in the so-called war on terrorism. The war in Afghanistan, with civilian and military casualties at record highs, has become the longest war in US history.