US drone crashes in Afghanistan due to a technical glitch:NATO
Mar 4, Kabul: The NATO-led Resolute Support Mission has confirmed that the unmanned US drone that had crashed in Afghanistan had indeed crashed because of a technical glitch and was not shot down as suspected.
“A US unmanned aerial system malfunctioned overnight near Bagram Airfield. Forces recovered key parts of the vehicle. No casualties,” according to a Twitter post by the alliance.The US forces based in Afghanistan intensified airstrikes during the recent months, mainly consisted of unmanned aerial vehicle, targeting the anti-government armed militant groups. The majority of the airstrikes are being conducted in eastern, southern and southeastern parts of Afghanistan, to quench the insurgency activities of the militant groups.
The US forces resumed counter-terrorism operations under a broader role granted by the Obama administration earlier last year.
The broader role was granted amid concerns that the insurgent groups, mainly the loyalists of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group are attempting to expand their foothold in Afghanistan.
Earlier, reports suggested that the ISIS loyalists are attempting to turn Nangarhar province of Afghanistan into the regional operation base as they attempt to consolidate operations with the terror group in Iraq and Syria.
The Oslo Times International News Network