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Sun Dec 30, 2012, 09:10 PM

Afghans angry at US soldiers who drove away in the night leaving rent unpaid

Source: The Guardian

US forces left behind piles of equipment, an unpaid rent bill and a festering land dispute that threatens to undermine the Afghan government when they moved out of a volatile corner of eastern Kunar province this year, local officials and their former landlords say.

The only clue that a base that dominated Pashengar village for years had been abandoned for good was the midnight rumble of a convoy of trucks. In the morning, locals found guards gone, buildings blown up and, scattered around what had been a forbidding military encampment, piles of detritus from years of western living in a remote, mountainous valley.

Rows of air conditioning units stuck out of a damaged wall, a giant, dilapidated generator was marooned near shipping containers and twisted, dented vehicles remained. But there was no sign of a cheque for a landlord who said years of rent, running to hundreds of thousands of dollars, was owing to him.

"They stayed six years and only paid rent for one year," said Haji Najibullah Khan, who grew up in the Pashengar house that became a US base. He said the departing US commander warned him off pushing for rent money when they met a few weeks before the soldiers drove away in the night.

Read more: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/dec/30/afghanistan-us-military-rent-land-dispute

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Sun Dec 30, 2012, 09:21 PM

1. Spreading Democracy, everywhere

Way to fucking go, USA.

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Response to DollarBillHines (Reply #1)

Sun Dec 30, 2012, 09:52 PM

3. But they hate us for our freedoms, don't you know. n/t

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Sun Dec 30, 2012, 09:42 PM

2. I wish they would all drive away, fuck Afghanistan n/t

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Sun Dec 30, 2012, 10:40 PM

4. just a note, leaving at night could be a tactical decision

not necessarily skipping out on a bill. 'rent'? whatever. dont get me wrong with al the billions wasted we could shell out for this guy...but the Army dont pay rent for occupying another country.

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 08:41 AM

5. Local citizens in the imperial satrapies don't matter when the imperial legions are on the move. nt

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