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Kabul, Afghanistan, rises in a wave of demonstrations and riots

Issue No. 2003

Tanks were patrolling the streets of the Afghan capital Kabul on Tuesday of this week following a wave of demonstrations and riots that targeted symbols of the Western occupation of the country.

The government deployed some 2,000 local security forces to keep order, backed up by Nato and US troops.

The protests were triggered by complaints about the reckless driving of occupation forces, which culminated in a US supply truck going out of control and ploughing into traffic, killing at least five civilians.

Sustained US air attacks on civilian targets in the south of the country have added to the mounting anger.

In the week before the deadly crash at least 16 people were killed by an airstrike supposedly targeting Taliban fighters in a southern village. Attacks on occupation forces have now spread to the north of the country.

British forces are now engaged in military operations against Taliban fighters in the southern Helmand province.

This contradicts assurances from former defence minister John Reid that British troops would be involved only in pre-emptive “deep strategic manoeuvres”.

When Reid ordered British soldiers to the country he told reporters, “We hope we will leave Afghanistan without firing a single shot.”

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Sat 3 Jun 2006, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 2003
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