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The Kabul Unity regime is under intense pressure from Mujahideen. They are daily losing great swathes of territory. Its security forces are facing a state of imminent collapse. Therefore to vent their anger and frustration, the regime security forces have resorted to the indiscriminate killing of innocent non-combatants.
Almost a month ago the regime security forces and local militias launched an operation in Baghlan’s Dand Ghori, Shahabuddin and the provincial capital districts to clear the area from Mujahideen. These operations continue till now with no visible progress from the regime’s perspective.
Since the operation’s inception the regime’s propaganda apparatus has been making extravagant claims of capturing large parts of the battle theatre all the while the frontline has altered very little. To mask their lack of progress, the regime security forces and local militias have resorted to large scale bombardment of residential areas where each loss of innocent civilian life is marketed as an insurgent kill.
The people of Baghlan, intimidated and indiscriminately targeted, decided last week to hold a sit-in in Kabul to protest the ongoing killing of civilians. During this sit-in the tribal elders, civil activists and ordinary people protested what they termed as genocidal policies towards the civilian populace. They added that the deliberate targeting of civilian areas by the regime forces have resulted in the death of 125 civilians and injuries to another 650 individuals.
The protesters also highlighted the fact that the regime’s indiscriminate ground and aerial bombardment has caused property damage to over 17,000 families and displaced a total of over 30,000 families.
The protesters demanded that the administration cease these operations immediately, compensate the families of those who have suffered as a result of the ongoing operations and bring those responsible for this indiscriminate slaughter to justice.
Whenever the foreign occupiers or their internal allies have launched military operations in Afghanistan they have inevitably harmed civilian people and property, bombed ordinary homes, killed women and children, and imprisoned civilians under the guise of collaborating with the insurgents.
Invariably whenever the regime has launched operations such as the current one in Baghlan they have made extravagant claims of successes, fibbing out concocted figures of the numbers of insurgents killed or wounded. They also invariably claim the capture of large parts of territory in spite of what the ground realities dictate.
Carol Anne Grayson is an independent writer/researcher on global health/human rights/WOT and is Executive Producer of the Oscar nominated, Incident in New Baghdad. She is a Registered Mental Nurse with a Masters in Gender Culture and Development. Carol was awarded the ESRC, Michael Young Prize for Research 2009, and the COTT ‘Action = Life’ Human Rights Award’ for “upholding truth and justice”. She is also a survivor of US “collateral damage”.