Thursday, October 06, 2011

Meanwhile in Afghanistan

About 300 men and women gathered early in the morning [in Kabul] with placards and banners accusing the US of "massacring" civilians while denouncing President Hamid Karzai as a puppet subservient to Washington.


The rally, near a shrine and river in downtown Kabul, lasted around three hours, and ended peacefully.


One picture that featured prominently in the rally was that of a US soldier, Andrew Holmes, posing with the corpse of an unarmed teenage Afghan villager who he had gunned down. He was sentenced to seven years in prison for the 2010 murder.

This year has seen record levels of civilian casualties and although about 80 per cent were caused by anti-government fighters, killings by foreign forces tend to spark more vocal public anger.


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