UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — The United Nations Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has announced that it is investigating information about civilian casualties caused by US raids on facilities allegedly used to manufacture drugs in western Afghanistan.
The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said in a statement that it “investigates allegations of civilian casualties resulting from air operations carried out by international forces.”
“It is difficult to access the sites, and several difficulties hamper the investigation” to ensure that civilians are harmed, the mission said.
The mission published a report last month, in which it confirmed that “the death toll of civilian operations by US forces and forces loyal to the Afghan government, exceeded for the first time the civilian toll of attacks by the Taliban and other rebel groups.”
The allegations are centered around raids earlier this month in the states of Farah and Nimroz, where dozens of buildings used to manufacture heroin and other drugs are believed to have been destroyed.
The spokesman for the Afghan Interior Ministry, Nasrat Rahimi, said that “was killed 150 Taliban terrorists and wounded 40” as a result of operations in the state of Farah.
For its part, the Taliban denied the use of facilities to manufacture drugs, and said that “about 100” civilians were killed in the strikes.
The US-led NATO mission declined to comment on the incident.
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