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Despite Assurances, 30 Afghan Farm Workers Killed in US Drone Strike

• https://news.antiwar.com, Jason Ditz

On Wednesday night, US forces carried out their latest disastrous air strike in Afghanistan. A US drone attacked and killed at least 30 civilians, and wounded 40 others in eastern Afghanistan's Nangarhar Province.

The victims of the attack were farm workers who were participating in the harvest of pine nuts in a village's forest, and a number of children who were also there to take part in the harvest.

What adds insult to injury, however, was that the village elders had foreseen this as an issue, and specifically sent letters around to officials two weeks ago. The letters, dated September 7, were meant to assure that the gathering on the outskirts of the forest was nothing to do with militants, and was merely hired laborers for the harvest. They were assured this was not a problem.

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