An A-29 Super Tucano flies over Afghanistan during a training mission April 6, 2016. The Afghan Air Force currently has eight A-29s but will have 20 by the end of 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo/Capt. Eydie Sakura)
Air strikes spiked in September 2017
Afghans living in at least three villages in Chardara district of Kunduz province in Afghanistan were in a rude shock on the evening of Nov. 3, 2017. In a bid to support the Afghan National Army in its ongoing battle against Taliban insurgency in Kunduz, American warplanes trained down munitions on what their pilots apparently believed were enemy targets.
According to media reports, no fewer than 13 civilians are believed to have been killed in these air strikes. However, sources working closely with Afghan forces informed War Is Boring that one was killed and six others injured, and could not verify if any of them were in fact civilians. War Is Boring is unable to confirm the veracity of these claims.
Additionally, in a statement shared with War Is Boring, Resolute Support — the U.S.-led mission in Afghanistan — acknowledged the incident. “We are aware of allegations regarding the potential for civilian casualties as the result of combined operations in northern Afghanistan,” Capt. Tom Gresback, a military spokesperson, told War Is Boring.
The coalition “takes all allegations of civilian casualties seriously,” Gresback added. “An investigation of the incident is being conducted.”