NATO drone crash in Paktika province of Afghanistan
By Mirwais Adeel - 23 Jan 2013, 8:20 pm
The officials further added the incident took place in Jani Khel district due to unknown reasons.
The main reason behind the crash of the aircraft is unknown and investigations have been started to find out the facts behind the incident, local officials said.
In the meantime Taliban militants group claimed that the NATO aircraft was shot down by the Taliban fighters.
Taliban group spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said the aircraft was shot down by the Taliban fighters in Surki Ghara area at the Jani Khel district.
He said the aircraft was totally damaged after it was shot down. International security Assistance Force officials yet to comment regarding the reports.
The use of drones has become one of the most controversial features of military strategy in Afghanistan. According to reports the United States carried out more drone strikes in 2012 in Afghanistan than it has during its eight-year-long air war in Pakistan, launching 447 strikes and killing thousands while also reducing its air surveillance.
The data, which was released by the US Air Force, shows that drone strikes have been steadily increasing in Afghanistan, even after former terrorist leader Osama bin Laden was killed in 2011 and the conflict has been winding down. In 2011, the US carried out 294 drone strikes in Afghanistan, which was up from 278 in 2010.