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Suspended Member of Afghan Parliament Condemns Karzai, Warlords and U.S. Occupation

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Interview with Malalai Joya, former member of the Afghanistan Parliament and author, conducted by Scott Harris

Between The Lines Radio, Oct. 28, 2009

As President Obama considered the adoption of a new strategy in Afghanistan which could include the deployment of 40,000 or more additional U.S. troops, October became the deadliest month for Americans in the eight-year war. Eight American soldiers died in two bomb blasts on Oct. 27, preceded by the deaths of 11 U.S. troops and 3 drug enforcement agents in two separate helicopter crashes.

The Obama administration has delayed making a decision about sending additional forces to Afghanistan, partly based on the political uncertainty tied to the results of the Aug. 20 Afghan presidential election. Widespread evidence of vote-rigging and fraud has forced incumbent President Hamid Karzai into a Nov. 7 runoff election with his second place challenger, former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Malalai Joya, a critic of the U.S., NATO and Afghanistan's powerful warlords, who became the youngest person elected to Afghanistan's new Parliament in 2005. Two years later, she was suspended from the legislative body for her persistent criticism of the warlords and drug barons. A survivor of four assassination attempts, she has written a new book, "A Woman Among Warlords: The Extraordinary Story of an Afghan Who Dared to Raise Her Voice." Here Malalai explains why she stands in opposition to the continued U.S. occupation of her nation, President Karzai and his challenger Abdullah Abdullah.

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