The US military has deployed unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to monitor the activities of civilians in Afghanistan.
According to US Army media release, the military has used drones to detect “criminal activity and conduct observation missions to monitor and detect the movements of suspected insurgent groups.”
However, the US military did not disclose the precise location of the unmanned aircraft.
As of March, the number of US military drones in Afghanistan was up by 6 percent from the year before, according to the Army.
The unmanned aircrafts, known as UAV-2, are being deployed to support the US-led Global War on Terror mission, which has focused on the Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan and the wider country.
While US forces are primarily using the unmanned aerial vehicle to track insurgent movements, they have also been used to monitor civilian activities, such as the distribution of aid and humanitarian aid.
The US Army says the drones are not intended to conduct intelligence gathering, but rather “to provide the Army and the United States military with information to assist the Army’s operations, as well as assist the United Nations in their efforts to counter international terrorism.”
The drones were deployed to provide an aerial view of the country, as the US is in the midst of an intense combat operation in Afghanistan, with a US soldier killed and two civilians wounded.
According a report by Reuters, the Pentagon announced on March 18 that the US has deployed a “significant” number of UAVs to Afghanistan, including one aircraft that has been “firing rockets at Taliban targets” and another that has “spent the last few days firing precision-guided munitions at Taliban positions.”
In addition, the report says, “several additional UAV systems have been deployed to Afghanistan to help monitor and collect intelligence about the insurgents.”
The Pentagon also said that a total of 3,300 drones have been sent to the region since the beginning of the year, bringing the number deployed to more than 7,400.
The military said the drones were initially deployed to the Helmand province, but they have now been deployed in several other districts, including Kandahar, Farah, Helmand, Kandahar and Kandahar province.
“The drones have also provided the Army with valuable intelligence and surveillance in support of our counterterrorism operations,” the Pentagon said.
The Pentagon’s press release also notes that the drone deployment has been successful, with “no civilian casualties,” according to US military officials.
However, Afghan civilians are not entirely happy with the deployment, according the Associated Press.
In a March 17 statement, an Afghan Human Rights Commission (AHC) official said the US government “has lied to us about its actions in Afghanistan” and that “the drone attacks are an attack on the Afghan people.”
According to the AHC, the drones, which the US says are meant for counter-terrorism purposes, are targeting “people who have been arrested by the US Army in areas controlled by Taliban insurgents.”
According a March 19 report in The New York Times, the Afghan government has been accused of using the drones to target people suspected of “anti-American activities,” but the US Government has denied the accusations.
The AHC’s statement says that “these drone attacks have killed over 40 people in the past week alone, with scores of civilians injured.”
According the AHRC statement, “the US government’s war in Afghanistan is in fact a war on the innocent Afghan people, who are suffering due to US drone attacks.”
In a May 1 statement, AHC director General Abdullah Abdullahi said the group’s members “were not aware that the American government had used drones against our people.”
He added that the group was “extremely worried” that US drone strikes in Afghanistan were “targeting civilians.”
AHC is an independent human rights watchdog organization based in Afghanistan that has documented the US use of drones in the country.
It has also called for an independent investigation into the drone attacks.
In addition to the drone deployments, US forces have also deployed small drones to the skies over Afghanistan.
In October 2016, the U.S. military said it had deployed a small drone to help with the operation against the Taliban, the New York Daily News reported.
“A small drone was used by US troops during the counter-insurgency campaign to help them spot and monitor the movements and movements of Taliban insurgents,” Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm.
John Kirby said in a statement.
“It was deployed during the combat operations, which are expected to continue into May and June.”
According an April 10 statement from the US Department of Defense, the drone was deployed to assist in “counter-terrorism operations against Taliban leaders and their groups.”
“The mission was carried out by a small group of Marines who had been assigned to conduct a training mission and have been used for similar missions by other forces,” the statement said.
According the Pentagon, the deployment was authorized by President Trump, but the mission was not authorized by the Pentagon’s own command.
The drones have a range of speeds, and can fly up to 3