Afghans to Fleeing US Forces: Where's the Rent?
Property disputes simmer over abandoned bases
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 31, 2012 5:21 PM CST
In this Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011 photo, members of the Afghan Local Police watch passing US troops visiting their base in Sar Hawza district of Paktika province, south of Kabul, Afghanistan.   (AP Photo/Heidi Vogt)

(Newser) – Afghans are crying foul over US forces that have fled their bases without paying rent or settling land disputes that could undermine the Afghan government, the Guardian reports. In one village in eastern Kunar province, people awoke one morning to find buildings of a US base blown up, with air conditioners wedged into a damaged wall and junk scattered all around. A landlord said the Americans still owed five years' rent that amounted to hundreds of thousands of dollars.

A few miles away, the US left and Afghan soldiers took over the base—but that land is owned by several people who say they are still owed rent. They also fear never getting their property back, so Haji Usman, one of the owners, led a group to Kabul that successfully lobbied for a government investigation. Land ownership is a volatile issue in Afghanistan, where 30 years of war has destroyed legal documents, killed off property owners, and turned people into squatters without legal rights to land.

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Jan 2, 2013 1:00 PM CST
WE WILL PAY RENT WHEN, THEY PAY FOR THE TWIN TOWERS!!!!! Lucky a mercifull man was president! I would give them the same choice they allow others. CHANGE YOUR FAITH OR DIE BY THE SWORD!
Jan 1, 2013 10:08 PM CST
oh no, well just send a bill to "rubber duck" the vp and he will rush it to kenyan boy and wham-o he will set you up with a section 8 account, child care (if you need it), a free cell phone, a flat screen tv, internet service, and credit card for food. And hang in there, rumor has it that you can qualify for a "new camel" thru GMAC...
Jan 1, 2013 8:56 PM CST
Where's the $$$ for the protection & the billions we pumped into your economy? You owe us for the poppies we DID NOT kill off and the heroin you sent here. Cavemen