Oct. 6 - Anti-American sentiment runs high in the Afghan capital on the eve of the tenth anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan. Lily Grimes reports.
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It's ten years since America launched its military campaign in Afghanistan.
In downtown Kabul 300 protesters voiced their opposition to what they see as occupation.
They accuse the U.S. of massacring civilians, and President Hamid Karzai of being a Washington puppet.
(SOUNDBITE) (Dari) ORGANISER OF THE PROTEST FROM SOLIDARITY PARTY, HAFIZULLAH RASIKH, SAYING:
"Now it is 10 years on from this occupation by the U.S. and its allies in Afghanistan. Our people suffered a lot of instability, and poverty increased. There are no other benefits."
At the start of this year 19 civilians were being killed on average each day by foreign troops.
Although about 80 percent of civilian deaths are caused by insurgents, killings by foreign forces spark greater public anger.
Many Afghans say their country will return to peace once U.S. troops leave.
Lily Grimes, Reuters