October 18, 2010
A fresh US-led airstrike has killed at least 18 people and wounded several others in the troubled northeastern regions of Afghanistan.
NATO issued a statement, saying that the Sunday airstrike targeted a senior Taliban commander in Baghlan Province but added that it could not be verified whether the target had been killed in the attack.
Meanwhile, eye-witnesses and local sources said all those killed in the attack were civilians.
Afghan officials have repeatedly demanded a halt to the attacks. Hundreds of civilians have lost their lives in US-led airstrikes and ground operations in different parts of the war-ravaged country over the past months.
A large number of civilians have fallen victim to the air raids since the 2001 US-led invasion of Afghanistan.
Civilian casualties caused by NATO attacks are a major source of tension between the US-led foreign forces and Afghan President Hamid Karzai, who is under increasing pressure at home over the unpopular war.
The loss of civilian lives at the hand of foreign forces has dramatically increased anti-American sentiments in Afghanistan.