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US airstrike kills several civilians in Afghanistan; Trump says new strategy 'very close'
Jalalabad, Afghanistan (AFP) Aug 11, 2017
Several civilians have been killed in an US airstrike in eastern Afghanistan, local officials said Friday, the latest setback in efforts to bring peace to the war-torn country. Saaz Wali Shinwari, the district governor of Haska Mina in Nangarhar province, said the raid was carried out by US troops although there was no official confirmation from NATO. "On Thursday afternoon, the American forces bombarded a civilian private vehicle... when they were travelling inside the district," he told AFP. ... read more

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