Sunday, May 25, 2003

How the hell are things going in Afghanistan this morning?

About 200 people chanted "Death to Americans" and threw rocks at the U.S. embassy in Kabul on Saturday in protest against the killing of four Afghan soldiers by U.S. troops at the same spot earlier in the week. The protesters also smashed windows of cars belonging to the international peace-keeping force parked nearby. U.S. special forces guarding the embassy pointed guns at the crowd but did not fire.

The crowd later dispersed and there were no immediate reports of any injuries.

U.S. troops shot dead four Afghans and wounded four outside the U.S. embassy on Wednesday when they mistakenly thought they were about to come under attack.

The protesters, who initially numbered almost 50, were joined by more people as they moved toward the U.S. embassy. They chanted and threw rocks and bricks at the mission building. They also shouted slogans against U.S.-backed President Hamid Karzai and called for the withdrawal of U.S. forces.

We want (revenge for the) blood of our martyrs," some shouted.

The shooting on Wednesday came just after Washington raised its terror alert status to high after bombings in Saudi Arabia and Morocco. The embassy said it regretted the incident.

Good to see things are just cruising along according to plan. What was that plan again?

[Via Buzzflash]