‘US occupation of Afghanistan must end’

Disagreements over a security deal between the US and Afghan governments can never �œbe brought to a just resolution as long as the US occupation continues, it must be ended,” says an American political commentator.

Afghans in Kabul held a demonstration on Monday to express opposition to the Bilateral Security Agreement. The protesters also called for an immediate withdrawal of the US forces from the country.

Washington is insisting that any US troops left in Afghanistan after the 2014 withdrawal deadline must enjoy legal immunity from Afghan courts.

�œOf course, there�™s nothing that makes a population under occupation more angry than these kind of practices,” said Richard Becker of the A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition in a phone interview with Press TV on Monday.

The issue of whether or not to grant legal immunity to US forces remains a sticking point. The US says there will be no deal without immunity while Kabul considers it as violation of its sovereignty.

�œThe demand that the United States is making, [that] Secretary of State Kerry expressed to Afghan President Hamid Karzai remains the same and that is that US troops should not be subject to the jurisdiction of Afghan courts if they commit crimes,” said Becker.

�œEven if the number of US troops is reduced, the US troops who remain in Afghanistan, according to Kerry, must have the so-called right to conduct night raids, razing the homes of Afghan civilians,” he noted.

Thousands of Afghan civilians, including a large number of women and children, have been killed during night raids by foreign forces and CIA-run assassination drone strikes in the country since the US invasion in 2001.

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Source: Press TV