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Footage shows US Marine vehicles destroying Afghans' homes
Sat Jun 30, 2012 5:31AM
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New video footage has been released showing US Marine vehicles destroying Afghan property in the residential areas in Afghanistan’s southern Helmand province.


The footage demonstrates Assault Breacher Vehicles back in 2011 demolishing Afghan property under the excuse of clearing the pathways for troops and vehicles through the minefields.

The US military argues that the operation was carried out in order to destroy Improvised Explosive Devices (IED), known as roadside bombs, that are planted by Taliban militants to target US-led forces in the war-ravaged country.

However, the images taken during the operation show the US Marine vehicles were opening new routes through residential areas.

Afghan residents were also forced to evacuate the area prior to the operation.

The Assault Breacher Vehicles were first used by US Marines in combat operations in southern Afghanistan in December 2009.

The US-led invasion of Afghanistan began in 2001 under the pretext of 'fighting terror.'

However, insecurity across Afghanistan continues to deteriorate despite the presence of thousands of foreign troops in the country.

The US-led war in Afghanistan has become the longest military conflict in American history.

Meanwhile, the increasing number of military casualties in Afghanistan has caused widespread anger in the US and other NATO member states, undermining public support for the Afghan war.

AO/MA



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