Mass protests at US and NATO facilities throughout Afghanistan over the past week, after US troops burned Korans at Bagram Air Base, testify to the Afghan population's deep hatred for the US-led occupation, now in its eleventh year.
After Afghan laborers witnessed the desecration of the Korans, word spread rapidly throughout the country. US bases and UN facilities have been attacked even in cities like Kunduz, far from the centers of Taliban operations in southern Afghanistan. Press reports document overwhelming popular hostility to the occupation forces, even among police and soldiers of the Afghan puppet regime of President Hamid Karzai.
The Washington Post quoted two Afghan policemen at a Kabul checkpoint. "Afghans and the world's Muslims should rise against the foreigners. We have no patience left," one said, while his partner added, "We both will attack the foreign military people."
A particularly revealing incident was the killing of a US colonel and major by an Afghan official inside the Afghan Interior Ministry's Command and Control Center--supposedly one of the most secure facilities in Kabul. The two US officers mocked the Koran and argued with an Afghan official, identified as Abdul Saboor, 25. Saboor then shot eight rounds at them, killing both.
Saboor reportedly walked out of the heavily-guarded ministry without interference, which suggests that his actions evoked widespread sympathy.