Afghans warn foreign troops of attacks over cartoon

Thousands of Afghan students blocked a highway and Afghans warn foreign troops of attacks over cartoon on Sunday in the latest protest against the reprinting of an insulting cartoon of the Prophet Mohammad(PBUH) in Danish papers.

Afghans warn foreign troops of attacks over cartoon
Sunday's protest near the city of Jalalabad on the highway leading to Pakistan followed demonstrations a day earlier in the western city of Herat against the cartoon and an anti-Koran film by a right wing Dutch politician.

Chanting anti-Western slogans, the marchers in Jalalabad burnt Danish and Dutch flags demanding the cartoonist and the politician, who plans to release his film this month, be put on trial.

"If our demands are not fullfilled, we will stage more protests and resort to suicide attacks against the foreigners," said Ibrahim, a university student.

The demonstrators also demanded Kabul freeze its ties with the Dutch and Danish governments and expel troops from the two countries who operate under NATO's command in Afghanistan.

The Afghan government has called the reprinting of the cartoon an attack against Islam and one official has warned it would swell the ranks of Taliban allies.

Dutch right-wing politician Geert Wilders is expected to release his film, later this month. Wilders has given few details.

The cartoon is one of 12 that prompted protest in many Muslim countries in 2006.

Ousted from power in 2001, the Taliban Islamic movement has branded the planned film and reprinting of the cartoon as part of a "Crusader war" against Muslims.

Reuters
Last Mod: 09 Mart 2008, 11:15
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