Doubts Cast on US Claims of Hitting Anti-China Militants in Afghanistan

An independent study has questioned the veracity of U.S. claims its recent counterterrorism airstrikes in northeastern Afghanistan targeted "support structures" of anti-China militants.Kabul-based Afghanistan Analysts Network (AAN) said Monday its investigation into last month’s bombing raids in Badakhshan has found “no credible evidence” that Uighur extremists use the province as a training ground or base to plan attacks.China accuses ETIM of being behind terrorist attacks in the country, especially in its border province of Xinjiang. The militant group claims to be fighting for independence of ethnic Uighur Muslims in the Chinese province.The watchdog noted U.S. refusal to offer casualty figures, and discrepancies in post-airstrikes statements made by Afghan military spokespeople regarding nationalities of at least six fatalities the airstrikes caused in Badakhsan.

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