Shashank Bengali and David S. Cloud
February 25, 2013
One morning recently, a teenager named Bacha Zarina was collecting firewood on her familyâ€™s farm in eastern Afghanistan. About 30 yards away, as relatives recall, two Taliban commanders stood outside a house.
A missile screamed down from the sky, killing the two men instantly. Two chunks of shrapnel flew at Bacha Zarina and lodged in her left side.
Her family took her to the nearest hospital, a half-hour drive away, but she died en route, an accidental victim of the rapidly escalating U.S.-led campaign of drone strikes in Afghanistan. She was 14 or 15 years old.