Protest in Afghanistan against killing of civilians by foreign troops
Monday 1st September, 2008 (IANS)
Hundreds of Afghan demonstrators Monday took to the streets in the
capital, accusing US military forces of killing a man and his two
children in a raid earlier that day, witnesses said.
The protesters, who were chanting anti-US military and anti-Afghan
government slogans, blocked a road in Hudkhail, an area on the eastern
outskirts of the Afghan capital, where several military bases of the
NATO-led international forces are located.
'It was after midnight that the US soldiers blasted the gate of
Noorullah's house by explosives and then entered his house, killing him
and two of his children,' Ahmad Sabor, one of the protestors said.
Sabor said that Noorullah's wife was wounded in the attack and the
soldiers arrested three other male members of the family.
NATO officials and US military spokesmen were not available for comment.
'The two dead children were two years old and nine months old
respectively,' Abdul Wakil, Noorullah's neighbour, said.
'Did the soldiers think they (the dead children) were terrorists? Or
they knew that one day they will become Taliban? Then they should kill
us all,' he added.
Tolo, a private TV channel showed footage of the bodies, surrounded by
Repeated civilians casualties during the international military's
operations against the Taliban and their Al Qaeda associates have
angered Afghans, creating an apparent rift between the Afghan government
and its foreign military backers.
Last month, Afghan and UN investigation teams found that more than 90
civilians, 60 of them children, were killed in Shindand district of
western province of Herat in an air raid by US-led coalition forces.
The incident prompted President Hamid Karzai to fire two Afghan army
commanders of the western region, while his cabinet ordered a review of
foreign troops in the country, a resolution backed by Afghanistan's
Two children and a woman were killed in the northern Kunduz province
Friday when NATO-led German forces opened fire at their vehicle after
the driver failed to stop at a checkpoint.
More than 1,000 civilians have been killed in Afghanistan so far this
year, according to Afghan rights groups and an agency that coordinates
aid in the country.
Monday's protesters burnt tires on Jalalabad road which links Kabul to
the eastern provinces and where most of the suicide attacks against the
foreign forces have taken place in the past.
'We will continue to block the road, until the killers are punished and
the three prisoners are released,' Jamil Jan, another protestor, said.
This site contains copyrighted material the
use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright
owner. We are making such material available in our efforts to advance
understanding of environmental, political, human rights, economic,
democracy, scientific, and social justice issues, etc. We believe this
constitutes a 'fair use' of any such copyrighted material as provided for
in section 107 of the US Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C.
Section 107, the material on this site is
distributed without profit to those
who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information
for research and educational purposes. For more information go to: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.shtml.
If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of
your own that go beyond 'fair use', you must obtain permission from the