US-led strike kills 10 Afghan guards
Tue, 03 May 2011 06:58:18 GMT
At least ten Afghan security guards have been killed after US-led coalition troops launched air raids in central Afghanistan, a report say.
The NATO attack took place in the town of Gilan in Afghanistan's Ghazni province on Tuesday morning, a local police official told Press TV.
The killed men apparently worked for a private security firm in charge of providing security assistance to NATO convoys.
NATO has confirmed the attack.
The latest incident comes a day after Afghan President Hamid Karzai urged NATO forces to refrain from bombing Afghan civilians in the name of the so-called “war on terrorism.”
Hundreds of Afghan civilians have lost their lives in US-led airstrikes and ground operations in various parts of Afghanistan over the past few months.
The frequent attacks have resulted in growing anti-American sentiments.
On Monday, a majority of Afghan tribal leaders opposed a strategic deal with Washington which would authorize the establishment of permanent US military bases in the war-torn country.
Karzai made the remarks hours after US President Barack Obama announced that al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden had been killed in a military attack on a compound in northeastern Pakistan.
The United States accuses bin Laden of having masterminded a number of terrorist operations, including the attacks on New York and Washington on September 11, 2001.
One month after the 9/11 attacks, the US invaded Afghanistan under the pretext to hunt down the al-Qaeda leader and to bring peace and stability to the country.
However, the US has failed to stabilize the situation in Afghanistan and militants are making gains 10 years after the invasion.
And now even after US confirmation of bin Laden's death, the nearly 150,000-strong NATO troops say they will stay in Afghanistan beyond 2014.
Analysts and military experts believe that the United States had delayed the killing of bin Laden to justify its presence in war-ravaged Afghanistan, a Press TV correspondent reported.