September 19, 2018

U.S. military release airstrike video on Taliban’s HME storage in Wardak

By Khaama Press - Mon Sep 10 2018, 8:13 pm

The U.S. military has released a new video of an airstrike carried out on a storage containing homemade explosives in central Maidan Wardak province of Afghanistan.

The airstrike was reportedly carried out in the vicinity of Maidan Wardak province last week but no further details have been given in this regard.

It is yet not clear if the airstrike has caused fatalties among the Taliban insurgents or not.

Taliban and other militants often use IED and homemade explosives as the weapon of their choice to target the security forces and government but in majority of such attacks ordinary civilians are targeted, besides such attacks often claims the lives of the militants as well.

The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) in its latest report stated that 1,692 civilians were killed in the first six months of 2018.

According to UNAMA, the use of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in attacks by Anti-Government Elements remained the leading cause of civilian casualties.

“The combined use of suicide and non-suicide IEDs caused nearly half of all civilian casualties. Continuing trends first documented last year by UNAMA, the majority of IED casualties were caused by suicide and complex attacks, which again were responsible for record high civilian casualties, resulting in 1,413 civilian casualties (427 deaths and 986 injured), a 22 per cent increase,” UNAMA said.

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