Leadership Council for Human Rights

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Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Local population shows ambivalence towards NATO forces in Afghanistan

A victory in September over Taliban insurgents in the Pashmul region of Afghanistan did not immediately translate into local support for NATO troops active in the country. Several days of intense fighting led to the killing or capture of hundreds of Taliban and ousting the growing insurgent presence from the region, with few fatalities suffered by coalition forces. In the wake of the battle, civilian casualties as well as extensive damages to property left ambivalent feelings among the local population about whether the Taliban or NATO forces were to blame for the destruction of the their homes.

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