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IW 06

Middle East

Afghanistan

 

Spain has decided to reinforce its military occupation forces in Afghanistan with an additional contingent of 200 men.

Zapatero decided on this increase immediately after a rocket launched by the resistance fell only fifty meters away from the barracks of the Spanish forces in Farah. “This incident was only one in a series that took place in the last weeks in the region where the Spanish troops are located. Though it is still a comparatively quiet area, it does not escape the deterioration of the security all over the country” (El País, 8/3).

The imperialist occupation of Iraq is meeting an increased attrition war from the resistance. In order to avoid casualties, the military commanders have shut their forces within their bases, from which they only emerge in order to carry out “punitive expeditions” against the local guerrillas. In fact, the occupation troops do not control more than the capital ( Kabul ) and the areas around the military bases. As the Spanish case reveals, the occupiers aren't secure even inside their barracks.