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Thursday, July 02, 2009

Carlotta Gall, "US faces resentment in Afghan region," the venerable NYT, July 2, 2009.

[Resentment! It took the Marines to figure this out. Wait till they find out about Pakistan. -jlt]

LASHKAR GAH — The mood of the Afghan people has tipped into a popular revolt in some parts of southern Afghanistan, presenting incoming American forces with an even harder job than expected in reversing military losses to the Taliban and winning over the population.

Villagers in some districts have taken up arms against foreign troops to protect their homes or in anger after losing relatives in airstrikes, several community representatives interviewed said. Others have been moved to join the insurgents out of poverty or simply because the Taliban’s influence is so pervasive here.

  People from Marja said that foreign troops carrying out counter-narcotics operations conducted nighttime raids on houses, shot people dead inside their homes and used dogs that bit the occupants.

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