In Afghanistan a NATO airstrike that killed eight women and girls has added fuel to already widespread anti-American feeling.
Villagers in the remote Alingar district of Laghman province chanted ‘Death to America’ and ‘Long Live Islam’ in an outpouring of fury.
“Those killed are all women, the brutal Americans killed all women in their raid,” said one protester. “They are not able to distinguish between sticks and guns. The women were collecting wood, infidels and brutal Americans couldn’t tell the difference between a wooden stick and a gun.”
Further south, in Zabol province, four US troops were killed, along with an Afghan police officer in yet another suspected ‘insider’ attack.
It brings the weekend total of coalition deaths at the hands of Afghan security personnel to six.
Earlier, two British soldiers were shot dead by an Afghan policeman while returning from a patrol in Helmand province, a Taliban stronghold.