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Analyst: US-led forces treat Afghan soldiers with contempt
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Interview with Afghan author and expert, Dr. Mohammed Daoud Miraki
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An American colonel went to a provincial governor and cursed him and treated him at a level that one would not even treat an animal and threatened him even with sexual assault... to tell him that you have to do exactly what we tell you. If you don’t do this we’ll do this and this to you. Your telephones are from us; your salary is from us; this building that you’re living in is from us. So you are our slave... and as well as on the battle field. On the battle field if they make a slight mistake, they’re treated like dirt; they are looked at with a great deal of contempt and disrespected.”

Several US-led troopers have been killed by locals in southern Afghanistan over the past three days in the so-called “green-on-blue” attacks.


In two separate incidents on Friday, three American forces were shot by a man in Afghan police uniform, who had invited them to a meal, while three other troopers were killed by an Afghan, employed in a NATO base.

On Tuesday, two men in Afghan Army uniform killed an American trooper in the east, and on Thursday, an Afghan soldier was killed also in the east after turning his weapon on NATO troops.

According to a NATO count, green-on-blue attacks, in which Afghans turn their weapons against the foreign forces, have killed a total of 34 foreign troopers this year.

Thousands of NATO troopers, due to withdraw from Afghanistan in 2014, are still in the country under the pretext of ‘training and working alongside Afghan soldiers’ for the anti-insurgency campaign.

Press TV has conducted an interview with Afghan author and expert, Dr. Mohammed Daoud Miraki to further discuss the issue.

The program also offers the opinions of three other guests: Political analyst Mohammad Azizi and Jim Brann of the Stop the War Coalition from London.

The following is a rough transcript of the interview.

Press TV: Why do you think that we’re seeing an increase in these types of assaults and thanks so much for being with us?

Miraki: Good to be with you. Thank you very much. Well, there are several reasons of course some of those reasons, your reporter has pointed out to. One of the problems is that after the US invasion of Afghanistan they’ve created an artificial economy.

In an artificial economy had no opportunity for anyone else but these armed forces or the army and the police served as a medium of economic rejuvenation for the population and a lot of people enlisted simply to survive.

Furthermore upon continuation of this process Afghan officers, even high-ranking officers are being treated with a great deal of contempt by low-ranking American officers, or low-ranking NATO officers, in fact I have first hand observations on several occasions that Afghan colonels have been treated like dirt if you will by an American captain.

Press TV: Let me just jump in here. Dr. Miraki are you saying that the American soldiers on purpose treated the Afghan soldiers like this who they were supposed to be working with them on an equal basis? Explain exactly what you mean.

Miraki: Let me give you a simple example just two months ago an American colonel went to a provincial governor and cursed him and treated him at a level that one would not even treat an animal and threatened him even with sexual assault.

An American colonel threatened an Afghan governor- this is first-hand data that I have- only to tell him that you have to do exactly what we tell you. If you don’t do this we’ll do this and this to you. Your telephones are from us; your salary is from us; this building that you’re living in is from us. So you are our slave.

This is the kind of behaviour and as well as on the battle field. On the battle field if they make a slight mistake, they’re treated like dirt; they are looked at with a great deal of contempt and disrespected.

When high-ranking officers are treated in such manner the low-ranking soldiers they say what is this nonsense? We get salary for this but we are not here to compromise our dignity.

They had no other choice. They came here because this was an economic opportunity for them not because they believe in this charade, this occupation and furthermore when they had the continuation of civilian casualties and the massacre that they have committed, the opinion of the Afghan soldiers, after all they are Afghans...

Press TV: Dr. Miraki our guest Mr. Azizi in Afghanistan is saying that what you say is not true and that actually the Afghan military forces are treated with respect by the US forces?

Miraki: I wish that were true but it isn’t. Of course I have people in various battalions that I know, in eastern Afghanistan, southern Afghanistan, as well as northern Afghanistan that have given me ample data- one.

Secondly, true, there have been developments, there have been changes. Of course 500 billion dollars, if we had spent 500 billion dollars in Afghanistan that really should have been spent, Afghanistan would have turned into a Switzerland but the 500 billion dollars when we equate it to what has been achieved, hardly anything has been achieved.

People have to understand that the very fundamental factor is that Afghanistan was invaded and is occupied. You can give it all the rosy pictures in the world; it doesn’t change anything about reality at all.

Secondly a lot of Afghans either from, you know, hypocrisy or from ignorance they say this was not an invasion but the United Nations okayed it. I challenge anybody in the world that could marshal their evidence. Three resolutions after September 12, none of them allowed invasion of Afghanistan.

Third factor, constitution was written in the State Department, brought in an artificial way to be debated in Afghanistan and imposed on us.

Think about it no constitution on the planet has an economic system stipulated. This constitution says Afghanistan will have an open market system. Think about it economics is a science. It is not dictated. It is implemented based on the historical and evolutionary development of a society...

Press TV: Dr. Miraki what about that Mr. Azizi says he is sitting on the ground in Afghanistan while you are in the United States. He says that actually Afghanistan is on its way to economic independence and basically for the first time ever that they’re actually trying to establish a strong economic policy, your take Sir?

Miraki: The issue is this. There are two Afghanistans, one is Kabul, one is the rest of Afghanistan. This gentleman said I’m sitting in America, he knows, he probably has seen it many times on television in Kabul.

I’ve been there. I have spent months, not in Kabul by the way I’ve gone to Helmand, I’ve gone to Kandahar, I’ve gone to Nuristan when US special forces cannot even go, I have gone to Kunar, I have gone to Khas, I have gone to Mazar Sharif, I have gone to Baqlal, I have gone to Kunduz, to villages not the centers of the cities.

Remember this. The people of Afghanistan are those who are in the villages, who are getting night raids, who are getting killed, the women are getting undignified, children are getting killed. This is not a development that is in dignity.

Secondly the constitution of Afghanistan was written and confirmed by two scholars, one in Washington, one in Paris and was taken to Kabul for debate, the job was already done.

Third the issue is this. You mentioned that Taliban is defeated. Let me tell you this, the NGO security organization last year stated that security in 70 percent of Afghanistan is in the hands of Taliban.

Now let me put it this way, the significance of an organization whether it is defeated or not should be judged from its capability whether it can carry out an operation at will in the center of Kabul or not and if the answer is yes indeed they can carry any operation in the center of Kabul and they have done it so many times.

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