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U.S. Drone Strikes Kill 18 in Afghanistan

Kabul, October 21 (RHC)-- At least eighteen people have been killed and several others injured in a series of U.S. assassination drone attacks in Afghanistan over the past several days.
 
According to the latest reports, six Taliban 'militants' were killed in the northeastern Kunar Province on Sunday.  It was the fourth U.S. drone attack in as many days.  On Saturday, at least ten people were killed as two airstrikes ripped through the eastern Kunar Province near the border with Pakistan.  Two people lost their lives in an earlier attack in the Nuristan Province. 
 
The United States uses its killer drones in a number of countries including Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia, claiming the targets of the attacks are 'militants,' but local officials and witnesses say civilians have been the main victims.
 
Afghan President Hamid Karzai has repeatedly questioned the legality of the U.S. drone strikes and on numerous occasions has called on Washington to stop the attacks.  Many civilians have lost their lives in U.S.-led strikes and operations in various parts of Afghanistan over the past decade, with Afghans becoming increasingly outraged at the seemingly endless number of the deadly assaults.
 
Civilian casualties caused by foreign forces have been a major source of tension between Kabul and Washington.  The United States and its allies invaded Afghanistan in 2001 as part of Washington’s so-called war on terror.  The offensive removed the Taliban from power, but insecurity remains high in the country.
 
The United Nations and several human rights organizations have identified Washington as the world's number one user of "targeted killings" largely due to its drone attacks in Pakistan and Afghanistan.  The UN also says the US-operated drone strikes pose a growing challenge to the international rule of law.
Edited by Juan Leandro
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