US drone strike kills unknown number of people in Afghanistan and Pakistan

US drone strike kills unknown number of people in Afghanistan and Pakistan

According to Afghan officials on Monday, the people were killed after the US assassination drones targeted the eastern province of Nuristan in three separate attacks.
At least three people were killed in similar attacks in Afghanistan’s eastern province of Nangarhar.
On January 11, at least eight people were also killed and three others wounded due to US drone strikes in the Lal Pur district of Nangarhar Province.
While Washington claims the targets of the drone attacks are al-Qaeda militants, local officials and witnesses have on many occasions maintained that civilians have been the victims of the attacks over the past few years.
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 across the war-torn country, despite the presence of thousands of US-led troops.
The US-led combat mission in Afghanistan ended on December 31, 2014. However, at least 13,500 foreign forces, mainly from the United States, will remain in Afghanistan in what is said to be a support mission.
The US-led NATO says the forces will focus more narrowly on counterterrorism and on training Afghan soldiers and policemen.
Also,At least five people have been killed in a US assassination drone attack in Pakistan’s North Waziristan tribal region.
Pakistani security officials said on Monday that the attack took place in North Waziristan’s Shahi Khel neighborhood of Shawal.
The officials said the attack targeted and killed pro-Taliban militants.
Seven other militants had reportedly been killed in a similar US drone attack on the same neighborhood on January 15.
The US carries out targeted killings through drone strikes in Yemen, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Somalia.

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