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At Least 9 Civilians Killed in US-Led Coalition Air Strike in Afghanistan

MARJAH, Helmand province, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan - Corporal Mark Hickok, a 23-year-old combat engineer from North Olmstead, Ohio, patrols through a field during a clearing mission April 9. Marines with Company B, 1st Tank Battalion, learned basic route clearance techniques from engineers like Hickok, who are deployed with 1st Combat Engineer Battalion. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. John M. McCall)
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KABUL – At least nine civilians were killed overnight in the village of Gajgin in Afghanistan’s Farah province by US-led coalition aircraft, broadcaster 1TV reported on Sunday. At the same time, five other people, including one minor, were severely injured and later sent to the hospital.

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Local authorities confirmed the incident, telling journalists that they had asked the government in Kabul to address the tragedy. In the meantime, there has been no official comment from the coalition forces. The reports come amid another escalation in Afghanistan almost two months after the US President Donald Trump suspended peace talks with the Taliban movement, noting that the negotiations were “dead”.

Taliban and US officials had for nearly a year been attempting to negotiate a peace deal that would ensure the withdrawal of foreign troops; however, the talks resulted in nothing. Following the collapse of the negotiations, the movement vowed to continue its fight against the central government and coalition forces, claiming that it will only stop when foreign troops leave the country.

The American military, in the meantime, is reducing its presence in the Central Asian country, as, according to numerous reports, the US has already reduced its strength in Afghanistan by 2,000 troops over the last year.

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