US air strike reportedly kills 13 Afghan civilians

US air strike reportedly kills 13 Afghan civilians

At least 13 civilians have been killed in a US air strike targeting ISIL that hit a residential house in eastern Nangarhar province, an Afghan official says.
Esmatullah Shinwari, a Nangarhar politician, said on Wednesday that a crowd had gathered at the house in Achin district to welcome home a tribal leader returning from the Hajj.
He said at least six fighters loyal to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) were killed in the incident. According to Shinwari, 12 more people were wounded, including the tribal leader.
Mohammad Ali, the police chief of Achin, gave a different death toll to the AFP news agency, saying three civilians and 15 fighters were killed in the attack.
Hazrat Hussain Mashreqiwal, spokesman for the provincial police chief, said ISIL loyalists were the target. Afghan forces backed by the US military have battled ISIL fighters in Achin for months.
The spokesman for the US military in Afghanistan, Brigadier General Charles Cleveland, confirmed a “counterterrorism air strike in Achin district” early on Wednesday.
He said allegations of civilian casualties were being investigated.
“We … are currently reviewing all materials related to this strike,” said Cleveland in a statement. “US Forces-Afghanistan takes all allegations of civilian casualties very seriously.”
There was no information on whether it was an attack by a drone or a piloted aircraft.
ISIL first emerged in Afghanistan in late 2014 and has since violently challenged the much larger Afghan Taliban group in parts of the country’s east.
But the fighters have steadily lost territory in recent months because of stepped-up US air strikes and a ground campaign by Afghan forces in Nangarhar.
They are confined to two or three districts including Achin, according to Afghan and US officials.
Civilian and military casualties caused by NATO forces have been one of the most contentious issues in the 15-year campaign against armed groups, prompting harsh public and government criticism.
A US air strike killed eight Afghan policemen earlier this month in southern province of Uruzgan in the first apparent “friendly fire” incident since American forces were given greater powers to strike rebel fighters in June.

Source: Aljazeera

Comments

36 comments for “US air strike reportedly kills 13 Afghan civilians

  1. Caitlyn says:

    Of 2012 when it was advocated by TV’s most popular doctor Since then, it’s continued at the forefront of natural
    and safe weight reduction supplements.

  2. Maryanne says:

    Though the rind of the fruit is what comprises the medicinal,
    commercial HCA, other parts of Garcinia cambogia may be used in the kitchen.

  3. Genie says:

    Many folks with a desire to increase their metabolic rate now have a taste on this weight loss supplement.

  4. Elane says:

    Hi, after reading this remarkable article i am too delighted to share my experience here with colleagues.

  5. loans asap says:

    This site was… how do I say it? Relevant!!
    Finally I’ve found something which helped me.
    Kudos!

  6. Hello very cool web site!! Guy .. Beautiful .. Wonderful ..
    I will bookmark your web site and take the feeds also?

    I’m glad to search out numerous useful info right here in the post, we’d like develop more
    strategies in this regard, thank you for sharing.

    . . . . .

  7. Zack says:

    Dr. Oz advocates a dose of 500-1000 mg of Garcinia cambogia potassium before each meal.

  8. Starla says:

    Hello, the whole thing is going fine here and ofcourse every one is
    sharing facts, that’s in fact good, keep up writing.

  9. You made sure your credit was appropriate and then you began to search for
    the dream home. When you do so, you will be better off financially and increasing your credit score gives you a better chance to get a good interest rate when purchasing
    your first home. But isolation is not healthy over long periods of time.

  10. Lorna says:

    This is a very good tip particularly to those new to the blogosphere.
    Brief but very precise information… Appreciate your sharing this one.
    A must read article!

  11. Noel says:

    Hi there! I understand this is sort of off-topic but I had to
    ask. Does operating a well-established website such as yours take a massive
    amount work? I am completely new to writing a blog however I do write in my journal every day.
    I’d like to start a blog so I can easily share my own experience and thoughts online.
    Please let me know if you have any ideas or tips for new aspiring blog owners.
    Thankyou!

  12. Amos says:

    Do you have a spam issue on this blog; I also am a blogger, and I was wondering your situation; many of us have created some
    nice methods and we are looking to trade methods with other folks, be sure to shoot me an e-mail if interested.

  13. Adolph says:

    Someone necessarily help to make critically posts I would state.
    This is the very first time I frequented your website page and thus far?
    I surprised with the research you made to make this particular submit incredible.
    Excellent process!

  14. That’s where Environment Hunters can be found
    in. Open because 1972, we are just one of the initial locally-owned
    independent realty companies in Austin and we concentrate on repeat consumers!

  15. We have huge experience in the area of French building as well as succession as well as are regularly asked to serve as
    skilled witness on matters of French regulations in legal
    proceedings conducted in the UK. Much of
    our work originates from recommendations from other lawyers and also professional firms.

  16. Shannan says:

    I am regular visitor, how are you everybody? This article posted at this
    website is truly pleasant.

  17. Send your cv with a covering letter published in work vacancies west sussex worthing
    23 august 2121 138498852.

  18. Appreciating the hard work you put into your blog and in depth information you offer. It’s good to come across a blog every once in a while that isn’t the same old rehashed material. Wonderful read! I’ve bookmarked your site and I’m including your RSS feeds to my Google account.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Related Posts