The uprising against the Nato occupation of Afghanistan has gathered pace over the summer. Fighting has spread across a number of regions – and is now moving towards the capital Kabul.
Over 3,400 people have been killed in fighting in Afghanistan this year. Over the last week, deaths were announced on a daily basis.
On Monday of this week 12 workers at a US military base in Khost were killed in a bomb attack – 75 miles east of Kabul. On Tuesday ten French troops were killed 30 miles east of Kabul.
Three aid workers from the International Rescue Committee were killed on Wednesday of last week when their vehicle was attacked in Logar province, 30 miles south of Kabul.
The charity has suspended humanitarian aid duties in Afghanistan as a result – after over 20 years of working in the country.
Reports from the United Nations (UN) and aid agencies give the lie to claims that Nato forces are “winning” in Afghanistan.
According to the Afghanistan NGO Safety Office, insurgent attacks are up by 50 percent in the first half of 2008 compared to the same period last year.
The UN produces “accessibility” maps that show the level of risk for UN workers. Almost half of Afghanistan is now classified as “extremely risky”.
This classification did not appear at all on the maps just three years ago. Kabul is now surrounded by “high risk/volatile” areas. Aid groups say 19 NGO workers have been killed in the first seven months of this year.
Britain’s defence secretary Des Browne says a “high price” is being paid in Afghanistan. But it isn’t the government that is paying the price – it is ordinary Afghan people and the troops that have been sent to fight an unwinnable war.
Sending in more troops will not bring peace to the country. The only chance of peace in Afghanistan is to end the occupation.