Afghan Airstrikes Kill 55 ‘Militants’ in 24 Hours

Main strikes target the Kandahar Province, killing 36

A flurry of Afghan airstrikes against the Miwand District in Kandahar Province has killed at least 36 people. The Afghan army issued a statement saying all of the slain were Taliban insurgents.

This was the largest of several Afghan airstrikes over the past 24 hours. Attacks elsewhere killed a number of others. Six were killed in Faryab Province, and another 13 were killed in Paktia Province.

The Afghan statements are offering few details, which is common for their early reporting of such strikes. Casualties are emphasized, and everyone is declared a militant, though it is common for civilians to come forward later reporting they were killed in the course of the attacks.

The Taliban hasn’t commented on any of these deaths, nor on reports that the Afghan military had captured a single unnamed Taliban alive in the course of all of these operations.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is news editor of Antiwar.com.