Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Afghanistan's Minister of Energy and Water Mohammad Ismail Khan has strongly rejected a plan to erect permanent US military bases in his country.

Speaking on Tuesday in a ceremony to commemorate the anniversary of Soviet troops' withdrawal from Afghanistan, Ismail Khan slammed Afghan Defense Minister Abdul Rahim Wardak for his support of the plan. 
Ismail Khan pointed out that the defense minister should change his stance as he had ignored the dignity of Afghan people. 

The minister of energy and water further reiterated that the Afghans would be capable of providing security in the war-hit country if foreigners stop interfering. 

“Millions of Afghans were killed and injured because they wanted to live freely, and they did not accept to be in foreigners' subjection,” Ismail Khan noted. 

Afghanistan resisted the nearly decade-long occupation of the Asian country by Russians during which one million people lost their lives. The battle finally ended “in favor of the Afghans.” 

The Afghan defense minister had earlier said that permanent US military bases in Afghanistan will guarantee the country's long-term security. 

Western residents of Afghanistan, who suffered the most from the Soviets' occupation, have asked the authorities to revise the plan and save them from another period of aggression by foreign forces. 

Violence has been at its worst in Afghanistan since the US-led invasion of the country in 2001, with 2010 being the deadliest year for both Afghan civilians and foreign troops. source

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