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OpEdNews Op Eds    H2'ed 5/8/13

Crisis deepens for US occupation in Afghanistan

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Seven US soldiers and an eighth from a European NATO member state lost their lives Saturday. Five American soldiers were killed by a roadside bomb, two were shot to death by an Afghan soldier who turned his gun on his nominal "allies," and the NATO soldier was killed in an attack by insurgents in northern Afghanistan. 

The death toll of seven Americans matched the worst previous days so far this year for the US occupation regime -- March 12 and April 6 -- and demonstrated that despite President Obama's claims that the "tide of war" is receding, American imperialism and its European allies remain bogged down in a quagmire of their own making in Central Asia.

The roadside bombing took place in the Maiwand district of Kandahar province, in southern Afghanistan, the heartland of the Taliban. Two more Americans were killed by a soldier in the Afghan National Army in western Afghanistan, the latest in a long series of attacks by Afghan security forces against US or NATO troops.

Both the US-NATO occupation and the stooge regime of President Hamid Karzai are widely hated by the Afghan population. Resistance to foreign intervention and occupation is at the heart of the guerrilla warfare that more than a decade of relentless military offensives, air strikes and assassinations have been unable to suppress.

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