‘US targets civilians in Kandahar’
A human rights group says civilian casualties have spiked since operations started in Kandahar province in early September.
It says US-led NATO forces have used aerial bombings, hidden booby traps and mines in private homes.
According to the rights group, most of the attacks have been carried out in areas that hold about one-third of Kandahar province’s population.
Tens of thousands of Afghan and foreign troops have been fighting the Taliban in Kandahar province to flush militants out of the region.
The developments come as the US and its allies step up a bombing campaign in the troubled southern Afghanistan.
US-led foreign forces in Afghanistan are currently continuing with their massive military operation in the volatile region.
Witnesses have recently told Press TV that NATO forces have dropped more bombs on villages they assume Taliban militants are hiding in, inflicting extensive damage to civilian properties.
The Western military alliance says it is experimenting with a new powerful bomb during the operation.
More than one-hundred thousand Afghans have been killed since the US-led invasion of the country in 2001.
The loss of civilian lives at the hand of foreign forces has led to a dramatic increase in anti-American sentiments in Afghanistan.
There are currently more than 150,000 US-led foreign forces in Afghanistan.
US-led forces have stepped up attacks in Afghanistan under Washington’s new war strategy that aims to reduce its military presence next year.