AFP agency reports:
KABUL (AFP) – Rioting and gunfire broke out in the centre of the Afghan capital, with violent demonstrations by hundreds of people in the streets after US troops shot dead at least four civilians, witnesses said.
Several volleys of gunfire were heard near the diplomatic quarter as around 1,000 people marched towards the area chanting “Death to America” and “Death to (President Hamid) Karzai”, an AFP reporter said. …
There were reports of other demonstrations and gunfire in other areas of the city, including outside the Serena Hotel, which is just across the road from the presidential palace. Security forces appeared to have stopped all traffic. …
Local media put the number of dead at between 20 and 30 but this could not be immediately confirmed.
An intelligence officer who did not want to be identified said initial reports were that seven people had been killed in the shootout with the US soldiers and nine wounded.
See also here.
Afghan parliament: prosecute US soldiers responsible for this.
Reconstruction in Afghanistan? See here.
See also here.
Dutch soldiers in Afghanistan: here.
Translated from Dutch NOS TV:
The name Unicorn for the Dutch military mission in Uruzgan [Afghanistan] has been scrapped …
The name Unicorn had been chosen as it is uncontroversial and sounds positive to Muslims.
However, in the United States Unicorn is associated to the US gay rights’ organization.
The new name of the mission is Taskforce Uruzgan.
Definitely not all people in the USA hate gay people.
However, the Bush administration does: gay marriage banned, gays banned from armed forces [while the mentally ill are welcome to fight and die in Iraq], police torturing gay people.
While laws in The Netherlands include legal gay marriage, no discrimination of gays in armed forces or elsewhere, etc.
Gay rights, it is often said, are a canary in the coal mine of human rights in general.
Probably, on other human rights issues in Afghanistan, like torture of prisoners at Bagram airbase and elsewhere, the Dutch government’s standards will sink to George W Bush’s level.
You can send a protest e-mail to Dutch Minister of Defence, Henk Kamp, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Talking about Afghanistan, in another province, supposedly much more quiet than Uruzgan, today, on 14 May 2006, a Dutch military patrol was hit by a roadside bomb, damaging a military vehicle.
Also on this issue: here.
Bagram torture prison in Afghanistan: here.