June 22nd, 2011
08:03 AM ET

Afghan public tiring of foreign troops

Kabul, Afghanistan - Ahead of President Obama's speech, CNN's Nick Paton Walsh reports from Afghanistan about how Afghans are feeling about the U.S. troops in their country.

As Walsh says, the withdrawal makes sense domestically for the U.S. but in terms of Afghans and how they will perceive it, "it's very much restructuring the NATO presence here, and giving them the simple idea that there's a new fiscal landscape ahead in which they're going to have to come to some kind of accommodation with the insurgency. ...

"I think [Afghan officials] aren't speaking directly about the withdrawal until it's made entirely public by Obama, but the public here frankly are beginning to be tired of the presence of foreign troops. They've had foreign troops that are out here for the last 30 years or so. And while many see the NATO contribution as having tried to bring a better life here to Afghanistan, I think there are genuine concerns that they need to get on with their lives themselves without foreign interference as some see here. Many refer to American troops here as occupiers, and frankly want to see them get hold of their own country, their own sovereignty again."

soundoff (34 Responses)
  1. Dan from Chicago, IL

    There would be no wars in the Middle-East or elsewhere if we were true to the meaning of CHRIST JESUS and followed His words, do unto others as you you would have them do unto you, but Islamic extremism doesn't work that way. They just kill who they feel do not follow their laws!

    June 23, 2011 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      Even the americans kill who do not follow their law.

      June 23, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dan from Chicago, IL

        Most states do have capital punishment for certain murderers, but nowhere but in the Islamic world do they kill people for adultery! Also for changing their religion!

        June 26, 2011 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frank

      What you speak is not true; take the time to read the Holy Quran and you may have a change of heart. The Holy Quran speaks of mercy, truth and justice. Take the time to read it. You maybe surprised at what you read. I am a Muslim and an a Law abiding American Citizen. There are evil people in every town, county, state, nation and world. Don't blindly label Islam evil............

      June 28, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  2. p3c3

    I do not think it is really pamiri. This happened before. And there is a select few (or one??) who posts these same videos. I'm sure you're aware.

    June 22, 2011 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Cool Black Guy


    June 22, 2011 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
  4. hajeeb al-turban

    time to go. they should have a military by now backed by the people. If not oh well. We have other things to worry about.

    June 22, 2011 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  5. brown

    The Afghan people do not deserve to be free!

    June 22, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Not to crazy

    Let's keep the troops out of this and keep in mind it's a political war. At first it might of seemed wise to go into afgahn, we were all still on the emotional high of 9/11. When it's all said and done, we would have been better spending the 500 billion bucks improving our country. Getting out? Better late than never. It's unfortunate that our sacrifices are so unappreciated by the global community, our true intent was good I believe.

    June 22, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Stiffneck

    It's time to get out. There is no political solution here. We could stay a 100 years and things would still be the same.

    June 22, 2011 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • politicallyincorrect

      Agreed – what a waste of time and money. If these lame ass people dont want to change, then let em go, stack up our defense here at home, take care of our people and let them go. I could seriously care less at this point. They have no idea what they have until its gone. Have fun getting stoned to death for making love with a woman out of wedlock you idiots.

      June 22, 2011 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  8. mandera

    U.S must leave afghanistan,because we did not see any gain this war,just quit it.

    June 22, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  9. 92845rising

    1500 US troops have died in this so-called war. i simply refer to them as people who are confused, brained washed to murder 1 million people on the other side of the globe.

    June 22, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan from Detroit, MI

      Well put, 92845rising. Besides, it's high time that the public wised up over this obnoxious and useless war.

      June 22, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mister Jones

      People like you make me wish there was a draft in this country. Then you would learn to respect people who sacrifice their own personal freedom, so that you can have yours. However, on the other hand, it would be an immeasurable disservice to anyone who had to serve duty with you. You seem like the kind of person who would fall asleep on watch, or immediately surrender to the enemy. It is probably best that you stay here on your nice comfy couch watching reality TV and eating cake.

      June 22, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        MrJones – Not all of us are inclined to fight stupid wars. Most have better things to do. Many soldiers are forced to reenlist because of low job opportunity. It is a bad circle: war makes the economy worsening, the public debit goes up, the companies do not invest cash back in to the economy, the unemployment grows, and the only occupation possible is to go to war. Anyway there is wxcess personal especially in the Navy and in the army and many soldiers are forced out as the military budget must be reduced by almost half trillion dollars.

        June 22, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
      • William Shelton

        Mr. Jones, there WAS a draft when I did my military service. We were then mired in an endless war and the troops - particularly the draftees - knew it was a waste. They / we didn't want to die for someone else's lie. Be careful what you wish for, especially if you are of draft age.

        June 22, 2011 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • thedew5050

      II agree that we need to pull out of Afghanistan, but you mean to say that the US troops are "confused and brainwashed" to "murder" Taliban forces? The same Taliban forces that force 9 year old girls to suicide bomb NATO outposts? The same Taliban forces who want to re-subjugate the country under an oppressive and backwards regime?

      June 22, 2011 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Choco monster

      You are the confused one.

      June 22, 2011 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  10. vatoloke

    About time. Remember the old USSR's economy went down the toilet in the 10 years they were in Afghanistan. As a matter of fact that was the beginning of its breakup.

    June 22, 2011 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  11. andrew lubin

    He's giving you a slice from that area. Other areas are very grateful of NATO-US troops. However, in all, Afghan locals want peace – and freedom from both foreign AND Taliban-Paki troops; they've been at war since 1973 are at this point want peace, jobs, security.

    June 22, 2011 at 8:09 am | Report abuse |
    • ketchupisfun

      they're gratful for NATO and the US for bombing them back to the stone age

      June 22, 2011 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
      • whowantswar


        There aren't many who would say they are grateful of NATO/US presence in their countries. What you don't hear about too much are the thousands of civilians who have died from airstrikes, the hospitals, schools, places of worship demolished, and the lack of electricity and clean water since we invaded all of these countries.

        June 22, 2011 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
      • Seraphim0

        "the lack of electricity and clean water since we invaded all of these countries."

        Since we invaded? You're kidding right? You two are trying to make the tribal areas sound like they were some sort of paradise that was bombed to oblivion by our airstrikes. Try again.

        Hyperbole fail.

        June 22, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • CRH

      I am praying for them because I cannot imagine what it is like to live and raise your children in this environment. But unless something dramatic happens quickly, once U.S. troops leave the Taliban will be back in control of the country inside of a month. And implementing their brutal version of Sharia law.

      June 22, 2011 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |