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Iran Slams NATO over Afghans' Death

Service : Politic
TEHRAN, June 2 (ICANA) – Iran has condemned an attack by US-led NATO forces against Afghan civilians in the southwestern province of Helmand, which killed 14 civilians.
Thursday, June 02, 2011 10:31:36 PM
Iran Slams NATO over Afghans' Death

On May 29, NATO warplanes targeted two civilian houses in Helmand's Nawzad district, killing two women and 12 children.

“The killing of defenseless Afghan citizens by those who have invaded the country under the pretext of establishing security has strengthened the resolve of Afghan people to pursue their demand for the withdrawal of these forces from their country,” Fars News Agency quoted Iran's Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast as saying on Thursday.

“A rise in extremism, the revival of violence, an increase in drug production and death of civilians are the achievements of the presence of NATO in this country,” he added.

In the past few months alone, hundreds of civilians have been killed in the US-led airstrikes and ground operations in various parts of Afghanistan.

This has intensified anti-Western sentiments among Afghans, who are becoming increasingly outraged over the seemingly endless number of deadly assaults by the foreign troops.

The failure of foreign forces in preventing civilian casualties has long been a source of friction between the Afghan government and the US-led mission.

Afghanistan has also been witnessing a fresh surge in violence despite the presence of nearly 150,000 foreign troops in the country engaged in the so-called war on terror.

The US-led war in Afghanistan, with civilian and military casualties at record highs, has become the longest war in the US history.

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