Afghan victims of US ‘war on terror’ still suffering – Xinhua

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Photo taken on Feb. 27, 2022 shows a market destroyed in U.S. airstrikes in the Sangin district of Helmand province, Afghanistan. US-led coalition forces may have left Afghanistan last year, but the indiscriminate killings and widespread atrocities committed against the Afghan people during the occupation haunt victims and their families for years . (Photo by Arghand/Xinhua)

SANGIN, Afghanistan, March 1 (Xinhua) — U.S.-led coalition forces may have fled Afghanistan last year, but the indiscriminate killings and widespread atrocities committed against the Afghan people during the occupation have haunted the victims and their families for years.

Abdul Wajid witnessed a large-scale massacre in southern Helmand province. “For 20 years, we have witnessed murder, destruction and terror. Our business, trade, economy and agriculture have been reduced to nothing,” Wajid, in his thirties, told Xinhua recently.

Standing in front of a bombed-out building in the district of Sangin, Wajid recalls being attacked day and night, from all sides: “It was horrible. The bodies of our people were all over the streets.

Rejecting US claims of pursuing terrorists and rebuilding the country, Wajid pointed to the devastation everywhere. Homes, shops and markets were bombed indiscriminately.

“There were soldiers killing us. People were cut to pieces. Their families couldn’t find the bodies,” Wajid said. “They targeted the wedding parties from the air or with mortars from the ground. They showed no mercy. They did not spare our cattle, our chicken or our children.”

After the September 11 attacks in New York and Washington DC, the United States accused Afghanistan of harboring Osama bin Laden, the leader of al-Qaeda, and invaded the country in October 2001.

Over the past 20 years in Afghanistan, thousands of foreign soldiers, including more than 2,400 US service members, have lost their lives.

Countless Afghans were killed, thousands in Sangin. Abdul Ghani was already old when US forces arrived in town many years ago. “They killed six members of my family and drove me from my home. I had to leave everything behind, including the children,” he said.

Ghani, and many others like him, need support just to get through his daily life, let alone rebuild the ruins of his home. “Americans didn’t come here to build the country, they came here to destroy it,” he said.

Photo taken on Feb. 27, 2022 shows a damaged building in Sangin district of Helmand province, Afghanistan. US-led coalition forces may have left Afghanistan last year, but the indiscriminate killings and widespread atrocities committed against the Afghan people during the occupation haunt victims and their families for years . (Photo by Arghand/Xinhua)

Photo taken on Feb. 27, 2022 shows a bazaar destroyed in U.S. airstrikes in the Sangin district of Helmand province, Afghanistan. US-led coalition forces may have left Afghanistan last year, but the indiscriminate killings and widespread atrocities committed against the Afghan people during the occupation haunt victims and their families for years . (Photo by Arghand/Xinhua)

Photo taken on Feb. 27, 2022 shows a road in Sangin district of Helmand province, Afghanistan. US-led coalition forces may have left Afghanistan last year, but the indiscriminate killings and widespread atrocities committed against the Afghan people during the occupation haunt victims and their families for years . (Photo by Arghand/Xinhua)

People leave a mosque in Sangin district, Helmand province, Afghanistan, February 27, 2022. U.S.-led coalition forces may have fled Afghanistan last year, but the indiscriminate killings and widespread atrocities committed against the Afghan people during the occupation haunt the victims and their families for years. (Photo by Arghand/Xinhua)

Photo taken on Feb. 27, 2022 shows a bazaar destroyed in U.S. airstrikes in the Sangin district of Helmand province, Afghanistan. US-led coalition forces may have left Afghanistan last year, but the indiscriminate killings and widespread atrocities committed against the Afghan people during the occupation haunt victims and their families for years . (Photo by Arghand/Xinhua)

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