Afghans rally in Kabul, demand NATO troops leave
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Hundreds of Afghans have taken to the streets of the country's capital to demand the immediate withdrawal of international troops ahead of the 10th anniversary of the U.S. invasion.
Thursday's peaceful demonstration in downtown Kabul was meant to mark the Oct. 7 invasion of Afghanistan 10 years ago, following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks against the United States.
The invasion came after Taliban leader Mullah Omar refused to hand over Osama bin Laden, purportedly because of his disbelief that the al-Qaida chief was responsible for the attacks and because it went against the Afghan tradition of hospitality and protection of guests.
U.S. forces killed bin Laden in a raid on his hideout in Pakistan in May.