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POSTED | 14:59 PM | 12-09-2017

‘Offensive’ US leaflets anger Afghans

Hundreds of demonstrators rallied near the Afghan capital on Tuesday (Sept 12, 2017) to denounce a propaganda leaflet drop by US forces last week that caused widespread offense and forced American commanders to issue an apology.

The leaflets dropped near the Bragram airfield, one of the biggest US bases in Afghanistan, was intended to encourage people to report insurgents to the authorities and depicting a lion chasing a dog, symbolizing the Taliban, according to Reuters.

However it prompted widespread outrage as the picture of the dog, considered an unclean animal in Islam, incorporated a profession of faith from the Quran that forms part of the Taliban flag.

“The Americans have insulted Muslims through this action and their beliefs and we will not sit quietly by,” said Mir Rahman, a protester at a rally in Qarabagh district near Bagram. “If the Americans and NATO continue to insult Islam, they will face the same faith that the Russians faced in Afghanistan.”

US commanders apologized for the leaflet and promised to hold those responsible to account but the affair has caused severe embarrassment at a time of heightened sensitivity over the separate issue of civilian casualties caused by air strikes.
 

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