Friday, 20 December 2013 19:25

US drone crashes in Afghanistan's Nangarhar Province

US drone crashes in Afghanistan's Nangarhar Province

A US unmanned aerial vehicle has crashed in Afghanistan's eastern province of Nangarhar with Taliban claiming responsibility for the incident.

 

The Western military alliance confirmed the crash in a statement on Friday, but it did not provide any details about the cause of the incident.

Shortly after the incident, Taliban militants arrived at the site and took away the crashed aircraft with them. The militants have claimed that they shot down the unmanned aircraft.

According to Press TV, US forces have also been deployed to the area to search for the drone.

The Taliban militants have increased violence against US-led forces in Afghanistan, targeting NATO helicopters and drones.

They claim their militants have shot down several aircraft and NATO choppers in different parts of Afghanistan over the past few months.

The United States regularly uses drones for attacks and spying missions in Afghanistan, as well as in Pakistan’s northwestern tribal belt near the Afghan border, among other places.

Washington claims that the airstrikes target militants, but local sources say civilians have been the main victims of the attacks.

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