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According to NATO, a fresh US-led airstrike has killed at least 20 people and wounded several others in the troubled southern regions of Kandahar Province, near the border with Pakistan. NATO's statement says that the Friday air strike targeted a group of Taliban militants in Spin Boldak district, considered a Taliban-linked militant stronghold. The incident comes as the US and its allies step up a bombing campaign in southern Afghanistan. Afghan officials have repeatedly asked US-led forces to end the imprecise aerial bombardments that mostly inflict civilian casualties. (My group of former Army Veterans, led by Gordon Sturrock: Veterans Against Torture, and Veterans for Justice, have continually argued against such indiscriminate use of weapons, especially if the end result means the mass destruction of innocent civilians.) Nevertheless, witnesses have told Press TV that NATO forces have dropped more bombs on villages they think Taliban militants are hiding in, inflicting extensive damage and severe loss of innocent lives. The Western military alliance says it is 'experimenting' with a new powerful bomb during the operation. British General Nick Carter told AFP that it would take until June to know if the offensive were making genuine progress.