US-led airstrike kills 20 in Afghanistan
Local security officials said the airstrikes happened in Marja district of Helmand. Following the attack, which took place on Sunday, the provincial authorities issued a statement, saying all those killed were Taliban militants.
The Taliban have not yet confirmed any casualties, and made no comments on the airstrike.
US-led forces have increased their airstrikes against civilian areas of Afghanistan in recent months.
Thousands of people have died in US-led airstrikes in Afghanistan since the invasion of the country. The Afghan government has repeatedly called on foreign forces to stop the airstrikes in residential areas.
Washington claims that the strikes target militants, but local sources say civilians have been the main victims. The civilian casualties have been a major source of tension between Kabul and Washington.
Civilian casualties have long been a source of friction between the Afghan government and US-led forces, and have dramatically increased anti-US sentiments in the country.
The United States 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 to rise across the country, despite the presence of thousands of US-led troops.