Pentagon denies civilians killed in Afghanistan airstrike

US Airstrikes Kill 16 Civilians in Afghanistan: Officials

The United States military has deployed Special Forces and airstrikes against Islamic State group militants in Afghanistan and said it has killed dozens of the group's leaders and hundreds of fighters this year.

"Unfortunately, in the airstrike we have casualties. There was zero chance of civilian casualties", Purtiman added. Eleven people were killed and one wounded. Women and children were among the victims.

Several districts of Nangarhar are infested with IS militants, USA and Afghan officials said.

A spokesman for Afghanistan's defense ministry told AFP that the strike by North Atlantic Treaty Organisation forces killed five insurgents and wounded two others.

Claims of civilian deaths from airstrikes have occurred this year in Kunduz in the north and in Helmand province in the south, often as a result of fighting in areas where it can be hard to distinguish insurgents from civilians.

He reiterated that USA forces take all allegations of civilian casualties seriously and review each case fully, as well as take precautions in a way to minimize harm to Afghan civilians.

He said the security forces were establishing a check-post in Jumjumah Qala area, but the Taliban tried to prevent them. Attaullah Khogyani, a spokesman for the Nangarhar provincial governor, said an unknown number of civilians had died but was unable to say who carried out the strike.

A spokesman for the governor of Nangarhar province confirmed the civilian deaths to The New York Times. Back in February, American airstrikes also killed 22 civilians in the same province.

Last August، a United States drone attack killed 22 Afghan soldiers in Helmand، and in September that year airstrikes conducted by American warplanes claimed the lives of at least eight Afghan troops in the central province of Uruzgan.

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