Growing Rebellion Against U.S. Occupation of Afghanistan

June 6, 2006

On May 29, thousands of Afghans in the capital of Kabul demonstrated against the U.S. occupation after a U.S. military truck convoy crashed into a dozen civilian cars, killing and wounding many people.

Demonstrators, shouting anti-occupation slogans, then pelted the military trucks with stones and attempted to march on the U.S. embassy compound in the capital. They were prevented from reaching the embassy by armed blockades of Afghan police officers and army soldiers. Other protestors gathered in front of government buildings in the commercial center of the city.

Throughout the day, gunfire was heard as hundreds of U.S. soldiers and police fought street battles with protestors. Eyewitness reports from the Associated Press (AP) state that U.S. soldiers fired repeatedly into groups of unarmed demonstrators. At least 20 Afghan civilians were killed and 100 more were wounded during the day, and for the first time in four years, the occupation government imposed a night-time curfew in the capital.

One eyewitness, as reported by the New York Times, stated "These Americans came to our country and they are doing this kind of thing in my country, and our government is also their servant and a puppet of the Americans...We are against America; all Afghans are against them." Another demonstrator said "The Americans came all the way from Bagram to Kabul and killed about 20 people along the way," he said, referring to the American Air Force base at Bagram. "That's why we started a demonstration and came here."

On May 23, in another atrocity, U.S. warplanes bombarded an Afghan village, killing scores of civilians. The "Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission" issued a statement saying villagers reported 20 to 25 civilians killed and 30 to 35 wounded, in the village of Tolokan, just 20 miles west of Kandahar. The village has been sealed off by foreign troops.

One villager, Attah Mohammad, 60, was quoted saying "Oh my God, they killed my kids. . . They took everyone from me." Wounded villagers being treated in Kandahar city hospital stated they knew of at least 16 civilians killed and many more wounded.

U. S. military operations throughout the country have killed scores of civilians in recent months. Since mid-May, nearly 400 people have died in fighting according to official military figures.

Since the beginning of the U.S. invasion in 2001, thousands of Afghan people have been killed, including an untold number of civilians. Numerous atrocities, such as the saturated bombing of civilian population centers, massacres at wedding ceremonies, market-center bombings, etc., have been repeatedly carried out by the U.S. military.

Currently, the United States has 23,000 troops in Afghanistan. The U.S. continues to expand its air bases around the country, where it is building new runways. In addition to U.S. troops, a NATO-led military force has more than 9,000 troops in the country, most of them stationed in Kabul. There are plans to expand the U.S. and NATO forces to the south where resistance is growing.

In the face of this aggression, Afghan resistance forces are expanding their ranks and include a broad front of Afghan political and religious groups opposed to U.S. occupation. They will not stop until U.S. troops leave the country.