Thursday, August 19, 2010

Afghans protest at US killings of ‘insurgents’

Morning Star Online, August 18, 2010

Fresh protests have erupted in Afghanistan over the killing of two men branded insurgents by the US.

Hundreds of people blocked the main road from the eastern city of Jalalabad into neighbouring Pakistan for several hours.

Carrying the bodies of the two men, they chanted anti-US slogans and condemned Western-installed President Hamid Karzai.

Nato had labelled the men who died on Tuesday as Taliban who had been involved in roadside bomb attacks and said their deaths would “create a safer environment for the Afghan people.”

But locals reported that the pair were a father and son who had been shot by US troops during a raid on their house.

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