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Civilian Death Toll Continues to Rise by Heightened U.S. Air Strikes in Afghanistan
Andrew Kennis
In at least five separate incidents during July alone, U.S.-led NATO forces have killed as many as 132 civilians in Afghanistan. The worst of the five attacks took place in the Deh Bala district of the Nangarhar province in eastern Afghanistan, where a U.S. air strike killed 47 civilians on July 6. Another air strike killed up to 22 Afghani civilians two days before the Deh Bala attack on July 4, when missiles from U.S. helicopters struck civilians in Kunar, which is also located in eastern Afghanistan. 9 more Afghani civilians were killed in the province of Farah on July 15. In a fourth civilian killing, up to 50 civilians died with at least 7 more wounded in the western province of Heart. The fifth and most recent attack occurred on July 20th, where at least 4 Afghani civilians were killed.

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