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Afghans protest on 10th anniversary of US Invasion
Fri Oct 7, 2011 4:5PM GMT|
Hundreds of people marched Thursday through the streets of the Afghan capital Kabul, demanding the immediate withdrawal of international military forces ahead of the 10th anniversary of the U.S. invasion.
The peaceful demonstration was meant to mark the October 7 invasion of Afghanistan 10 years ago, following the September 11 attacks against the United States. The Press Association
The demonstrators chanted "no to occupation," and "Americans out" as they marched through the streets holding pictures of Afghans killed in violence, and later burned an American flag. The demonstration was organized by a small left-wing party. The Press Association
Speaking about the protest, a 22-year-old woman known only as Farzana said: “The United States said it came to help the Afghan people and provide a good life to Afghan people, but their true purpose was to occupy our country.” Daily Mail
She added that "suicide attacks, insecurity and corruption are increasing day-by-day". The Press Association
U.S. President Barack Obama plans no public events to mark a moment the nation never really expected: 10 years of war in Afghanistan. It is the most prolonged conflict the U.S. has been engaged in since Vietnam. Obama has even declared it "the longest war in American history." AP
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The U.S. invasion came after Taliban leader Mullah Omar refused to hand over Osama bin Laden. The Press Association
U.S. forces [allegedly] killed bin Laden in a raid on his hideout in Pakistan in May. The Press Association
Corruption is rampant in Afghanistan. Out of 180 countries, Transparency International ranks Afghanistan, in terms of corruption, 179th, better only than Somalia in 2009, a step down from 117 out of 159 in 2005.
According to a January 2010 UN report, Afghans had to pay approximately $2.5 billion in bribes in 2009. This is equivalent to 23 percent of the country's gross domestic product (GDP).
According to the United States' special inspector-general for Afghanistan reconstruction, three-fourths of corruption in Afghanistan involves Westerners.
The CIA's covert collaborations with Afghan warlords during the U.S.-led invasion of the country paved the way for the revival of the opium industry. This is why opium harvest during the first year of the U.S. occupation, surged to 3,400 tons, from the mere 185 tons before the invasion. Opium harvest increased even further in the following years, reaching 8,200 tons in 2007, accounting for a remarkable 53% of the country's GDP and 93% of global heroin supply.
The U.S. currently has over 98,000 troops in Afghanistan. The total number of coalition forces in the country reaches 150,000.