In just the last two weeks, 29 Afghan civilians are estimated to have lost theirs lives to U.S. air strikes, a substantial spike since U.S. President Donald Trump announced his strategy for Afghanistan.

Wakil, 48, lost 11 members of his family in an air strike by the U.S. forces in the Pul-e-Alam district of Logar on August 31, a day before the festival of Id. Since he was travelling to Kabul that day, Mr. Wakil survived the attack. “They [the authorities] told me they were targeting the Taliban, but three of those who died were children and eight were women; there were no Taliban in my house,” he told this writer.

At least 16 others were injured in that incident and five of them remain in a critical condition, he informed. Government officials claim that two key Taliban commanders were killed that day. “But we are not Taliban; why would they [the U.S.] hurt us like that?” Mr. Wakil reiterated with a mix of anguish and grief in his voice, blaming the U.S. for bringing the battle to his doorsteps.

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