No Durable Peace inAfghanistan After US Invasion

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Added On September 11, 2017

In Afghanistan's Logar province, local villagers in Dasht-e-Bari are mourning the loss of a victim killed by U.S. bombing.

Many say Afghans "are still suffering", even 16 years after the Taliban's rule was ended by the U.S. - led military invasion.

Hajji Aseel's cousin was the victim of the U.S. bombardment.

Aseel said in August U.S. fighter aircrafts were flying over Dasht-e-Bari village when a Taliban insurgent opened fire on the air.

The aircrafts retaliated, bombing the village and killing 11 villagers, including women and children, and injuring 16 others.

Pointing to the tomb, Aseel said the war continues to affect Afghans almost every day.

SOUNDBITE(PASHTO): HAJJI ASEEL, Afghan villager

"The continued conflict and chaotic situation almost claim the lives of our people including our family members and friends."

The U.S.-led military coalition entered Afghanistan in 2001 to end taliban regime for harbouring Osama Bin Laden, the then leader of al-Qaida network.

The collapse of al-Qaida-backed Taliban regime and the deployment of 100,000-strong U.S.-led coalition forces had raised Afghans' hopes for a better future.

But the country is still affected by continuing conflict between militants and the U.S.-backed Afghan security forces.

SOUNDBITE(PASHTO): HAJJI ASEEL, Afghan villager

"Since the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan and the toppling of the Taliban regime, I have seen no change in my living condition, except fighting and violent incidents; we have no permanent jobs and no regular income."

Since the invasion, the living conditions in large cities including Kabul have changed and the security situation has been stabilized. But the continuing militancy claims the lives of locals almost every day.

SOUNDBITE(PASHTO): MOHAMMAD YUSUF ZADRAN, Afghan villager

"Instead of bringing positive change in our living condition we have been regularly suffering and our people are killed almost every day either by the foreign forces or by Taliban rebels."