Published On: Thu, Jun 26th, 2014

US drone crashes in central Afghanistan

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Provincial authorities said on Wednesday that the drone crashed into a mountain in Shibar district.

According to local sources, the drone was completely damaged after it went down and only parts of it were left at the scene.

The authorities said it was unlikely that the Taliban downed the drone. The US-led forces in Afghanistan have declined to comment on the incident.

The US carries out targeted killings through drone strikes in several Muslim nations such as Yemen, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Somalia.

Washington claims that the drones target militants but witness reports and figures provided by local officials indicate that civilians are the main victims of the attacks.

The United Nations and several human rights organizations have identified the US as the world’s number one user of “targeted killings,” largely due to its drone attacks in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

The US 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 continues to rise across the country, despite the presence of thousands of US-led troops.

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