March 13th, 2012
04:25 AM ET

Hundreds protest in Afghanistan over shooting of civilians

Hundreds of people took to the streets Tuesday in eastern Afghanistan to protest the recent killing of 16 civilians, which has been blamed on a U.S. soldier who walked off base in the middle of the night and went door-to-door on a shooting spree.

In Jalalabad, near the border with Pakistan, "hundreds of protestors, many of whom are university students, have taken to the streets," said Ahmad Zaii Abdulzai, a spokesman for Jalalabad Naghar Province.

He said there had not been any damage or casualties from the protests, but the Jalalabad-Kabul highway was closed to traffic.

"We are in the process of trying to re-open," he said.

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  1. Joey Isotta-Fraschini©™

    The USA regrets the action of this single, obviously deranged soldier.
    Protesting seems as unnecessary as protesting individual cases of mental illness in one's own nation.
    If it makes people feel better to protest for exercise, let them do it.
    The USA doesn't need the message that individual soldiers should not flip out and kill civilians: we know that.

    March 13, 2012 at 6:55 am | Report abuse |
  2. Scottish Mama

    Good morning Joey. Long time no see. Agree. Local US Military should address them and let them know what happened. They should help with the customs of burial and show some concern and empathy for the living family members.

    March 13, 2012 at 7:24 am | Report abuse |
  3. Bill

    There is no way saying I'm sorry going to fix this. Troops pull out or there will be bloodshed. Let the afgan people deal with there own problems. If they kill each other the. So be it. It won't be our troops. The USA has slowly awoken a sleepy giant recently. Expect attacks on NATO ans the troops and blame the solider and goverment for there decision to not pull troops out

    March 13, 2012 at 7:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      Empathy should never be out of season.

      March 13, 2012 at 7:39 am | Report abuse |
  4. leeintulsa

    so hundreds protest non-violently the murder of women and children, while thousands violently protest the burning of korans.. go figure..

    March 13, 2012 at 7:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      Morning lee-true. But maybe they are stunned like we are when there is a shooting at one of our schools. They are in shock.

      March 13, 2012 at 7:38 am | Report abuse |
  5. hamsta

    @bill i guess you forgot that muslim terrorists from afghanistan pakistan iran and iraq hijacked civilian airplanes and drove them into buildings awaking a sleeping giant.these muslims disguise themselves as civilians and hide behind women and children when fire is returned.understanding that you cant tell the difference between a muslim terrorist and a civilian the finger of blame should be pointed at those muslim terrorists that disguise themselves as civilians and hide behind women and children.

    March 13, 2012 at 8:08 am | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      @hamsta: oops, try again.. the 4 countries you mention *didn't* have citizen terrorists on the planes.. they were mostly saudi, with uae, lebanon and egypt.. neither pakistan, afghanistan, iran, nor iraq were on those planes..

      that kind of reality is what makes you look like a crackpot..

      March 13, 2012 at 8:34 am | Report abuse |
  6. hamsta

    i would say just drop a nuke and be done with it.

    March 13, 2012 at 8:10 am | Report abuse |
  7. ronvan

    A total mess for sure. And now they are saying this soldier had "severe brain trauma", was cleared and sent to Afganistan!!?? They need to find out WHO cleared him and send them directly to combat!! Also these "animal terrorists" are saying they will retaliate by killing and beheading americans. While I do not condone this soldiers actions you have to remember who we are dealing with. Their history and religion OK's the killing of the infedels, which I guess includes their own women and children. While I generally accept anyone's religion I have not heard Muslims deny that the Quran preaches that all of this insanity is OK, or WRONG! Lets not forget that their children are taught, from birth, brainwashed if you wish, that it is OK to kill. When you deal with rabbid dogs you put them down, and quickly!! Other than that we should bring ALL of our troops home immediately! Let them continue to kill each other off.

    March 13, 2012 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
  8. David Harry

    OK i have a hard time believing that 1 soldier was ALLOWED to do this from the Afghan people. According to most media video/reports, every single Afghan owns an AK-47 or some sort of firearm. NOW, IF I WAS SITTING OUTSIDE OF MY HOUSE AND SAW ONE MAN START KILLING/SLAYING INNOCENT PEOPLE AND CHILDREN, HE WOULD HAVE BEEN SHOT AND KILLED. SO why did they just sit there so petrified to allow this to keep going on? It makes no sense on how they are quick to want justice whenever their ALMIGHTY BIN LADEN murdered thousands in the 9/11 wake. The sentence should be: HOWEVER LONG IT TOOK TO BRING 9/11 AND ALL THE I.E.D BOMB MAKERS TO JUSTICE, THATS HOW LONG THIS SOLDIER'S SENTENCE SHOULD BE, IN MY OPONION...

    March 13, 2012 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
    • David Harry

      Also, in my opinion, he didn't get enough people.......

      March 13, 2012 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
  9. bobcat (in a hat) ©

    Another day, another protest in afghanistan. Go figure. Shoot, these people would have a protest if you farted around them, claiming you were using chemical weapons.

    March 13, 2012 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  10. saywhat

    That is rather crass.
    Those 'people' have been living like our soldiers, among falling bombs, artillery shells, their doors burst open in the middle of the night, carted away or killed. Just as our soldiers see their colleagues dying around them those 'people' see their kith & kin blown to pieces around them. And to some all this appears to be a joke.
    Just as an analyst on CNN said the other day that protests have been milder than expected because those ' people' have become so used to seeing their civilians killed.

    To us sitting on our behinds watching all this on our TV screens waiting for the March madness to commence with a bag of nachos and cold beer , this indeed appears a big joke.

    March 13, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  11. bobcat (in a hat) ©


    You have obviously allready forgotten how they went wild and started killing our people over the burning of the koran If you don't call that just slightly overreaction, you must have a high tolerance to the amount of violence that is acceptable. Personally I would love to see all our troops come home alive. These peoples morals are totally different than ours, and it is impossible for us to know what might set them off. And as far as them being blown to pieces, you have to admit that a great deal of that is being done to them by their own people.
    BTW I don't watch basketball and sit around the TV making jokes about this.

    March 13, 2012 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  12. foolishsaywhat

    So why are we still there??
    We have been occupying those lands for a decade and had no business to be there. Then we get into these thoughtless and senseless acts. And then we blame them for going wild.
    In this madness that rules us and them blowing up each other becomes part of the madness.

    March 13, 2012 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  13. saywhat

    I think I can only thank CNN for adding the 'foolish' before my name? Perhaps my comments are disliked somewhere.

    March 13, 2012 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  14. banasy©

    I want these troops to come home.
    I want them to get the help they will need to assimilate into what, for many, will pass as a 'normal' life...
    There will probably be someone who will come here and say exactly why wer are still there...hint: it's not about 9/11 *at all*, that excuse ended with OBL.
    I care not a jot for any of the "reasons".
    I care for our troops, and for the innocents who are living in their own country, just trying to lead a normal existance...

    I have sasid this before:
    What is the retaliation number for 9/11?
    I'm thinking it was reached long ago, if someone is using 9/11 as the excuse as to why we are still there...

    And I haven't forgoteen 9/11, nor could I ever, being as I have close, up-front ties with it.

    March 13, 2012 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Bill

    We pulled out of Vietnam because it was apart cause. Pull our troops out. Worry about home grown terrorist instead.

    March 13, 2012 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • High Hopes

      I've heard the worst kind of hate being spewed right here. We, surely don't need any terrorists encouraging the couch potatoe warriors!

      Not Here!

      March 13, 2012 at 10:53 pm | Report abuse |
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