Afghans rally in Kabul, demand NATO troops leave

October 6, 2011 - 2:15 AM
Afghanistan

An Afghan man mourns at the grave of assassinated former Afghan President Burhanuddin Rabbani in Kabul, Monday, Oct 3, 2011. An Afghan government commission investigating the death of the country's former president has accused Pakistan of not cooperating with its investigation, after alleging that Pakistani intelligence officials also had advance knowledge of the plot. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

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.