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Afghanistan Continues to Deteriorate

Discussion in '2006 Archive' started by KenH, May 29, 2006.

  1. KenH

    KenH Active Member

    May 18, 2002
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    Afghans riot after U.S. accident; 8 dead
    By AMIR SHAH, Associated Press Writer

    Violent anti-foreigner protests raged across the capital Monday after a U.S. military truck crashed into traffic, touching off the worst rioting since the Taliban's ouster. At least eight people died and 107 were injured before Kabul's streets calmed.

    Chanting "Death to America," rioters stoned the U.S. convoy involved in the accident then headed to the center of town, ransacking offices of international aid groups and searching for foreigners in a display of rising resentment over civilian deaths in the war against insurgents.

    Gunfire, at times intense, rang out across Kabul as hundreds of young men looted shops and set fire to police cars and station houses. Some people said U.S. and Afghan troops fired on the crowds. Officials said they couldn't say whether that happened.

    The U.S.-backed Afghan government decreed a nighttime curfew and the city quieted before sunset. Yousuf Stanezai, an Interior Ministry spokesman, warned that anyone found outside between 10 p.m and 4 a.m. would suffer "serious measures."

    President Hamzid Karzai went on television Monday night to decry the outburst, branding the rioters as troublemakers who should be resisted and linking their violence to the long years of conflict that wrecked Afghanistan.

    "We will recognize as the enemy of Afghanistan these people who do these things," Karzai said. "You should stand up against these agitators and not let them to destroy our country again."

    Patience with the 23,000 U.S. soldiers and other foreign troops in Afghanistan is fraying over recent deaths of civilians, including at least 16 people killed by an airstrike targeting Taliban fighters in a village last week.

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  2. billwald

    billwald New Member

    Jun 28, 2000
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    Outsiders have never controlled Afghanistan
  3. AVL1984

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    Mar 28, 2002
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    You're correct, billwald. I doubt they ever will. Russia has tried it and failed miserably, and now the US and the "coalition of the willing" have tried. Yet, we see every day how the Taliban is gaining strength again. Having relatives over there in the "forgotten War", it is discouraging to hear these kinds of things, adn then to hear the same things on the news.
  4. carpro

    carpro Well-Known Member
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    Oct 14, 2004
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    Afghanistan has been deterioring for decades.

    The only thing that has slowed it down is the ouster of the Taliban and the presence of NATO troops.