US Airstrikes In Afghanistan Kill 16 Civilians, Mostly Women And Children

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Friends and family pray during a funeral procession for victims of a US airstrike in the Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan, Aug. 8, 2017.

This comes as the US Forces in Afghanistan (USFOR-A) in a statement earlier said a USA airstrike killed a number of militants and destroyed their vehicle in the Haska Mena district of eastern Nangarhar Province on the evening of August 10. "All the victims, which included women and children, were civilians and they were from one family", he said.

But U.S. Forces- Afghanistan asserts "this is the second false claim of civilian casualties in the same district within the last three weeks".

The former Afghan President Hamid Karzai reacted at the alleged civilian deaths in an airstrike of the United States forces in Afghanistan.

At least 13 civilians, including 10 children, have been killed by a mortar shell in the Dawlatabad district of northwestern Faryab province, officials said on Saturday.

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He also ruled out the possibility of any collateral damage, saying the strike was conducted in the middle of open terrain and there was "zero chance" of civilian casualties.

Several districts of Nangarhar are infested with IS militants, USA and Afghan officials said. It came after a United States air strike in Sangin killed at least 18 civilians, mostly women and children, in February.

Every so often، U.S. air raids kill both Afghan soldiers and civilians across the country.

Civilian casualties caused by North Atlantic Treaty Organisation forces have been one of the most contentious issues in the close to 16-year military campaign in Afghanistan, prompting strong government and public criticism.

Meanwhile, the U.N Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said it had completed its probe into the killings of dozens of civilians in the northern province of Sar-e-Pul and promised to issue its findings soon.

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