Afghan IS Leader, Top Commanders Killed, US Says

"On Thursday afternoon, the US forces bombarded a civilian private vehicle. when they were travelling inside the district", Saaz Wali Shinwari, the district governor of Haska Mina in Nangarhar province, told AFP.

The U.S. military denied reports on August 11 that an air strike in the eastern Afghan province of Nangarhar killed as many as 16 civilians, saying the operation killed only militant fighters.

The governor of the Haska Meena District said that the attacks targeted vehicles trying to get out of the area, and that eight of the slain were all members of the same family. "All the victims, which included women and children, were civilians and they were from one family", he said. Officials added that because the vehicles were in the middle of nowhere "there was zero chance of civilian casualties".

The United States says a local leader of the Islamic State (IS) extremist group and several of the group's commanders have been killed in a USA air strike in Afghanistan.

Dawlat Waziri, a spokesman for Afghanistan's Ministry of Defense, said Thursday's strike was carried out by foreign forces in coordination with Afghan officials.

Nangarhar governor's spokesman Attaullah Khogyani also confirmed the casualties. "It was a clear area, and they should understand that people in the vehicle are civilians, as the auto was a civilian auto".

13 de agosto de 2017, 11:17Kabul, Aug 13 (Prensa Latina) Several senior members of Islamic State " s central Asian affiliate were killed in a U.S. air strike in Afghanistan, officials said today. The previous attack targeted a prayer ceremony, and the USA similarly claimed that the praying civilians were "ISIS members".

As U.S. airstrikes continue at a rapid pace, there have been a number of such episodes in recent months.

Vanessa Coleman

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