“Karzai expels US forces from Afghan province”

Al-Jarzeera

Afghan Interim Chairman Hamid Karzai in 2002

Afghan Interim Chairman Hamid Karzai in 2002 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Hamid Karzai, the Afghan president, has ordered the withdrawal of US special forces from a restive eastern province in Afghanistan within two weeks.

“This is an important issue that we must discuss with our Afghan counterparts- US statement

At a press conference in the Afghan capital on Sunday, Aimal Faizi, presidential spokesman, said US special forces were responsible for furthering “insecurity and instability” Maidan Wardak.

“In today’s [weekly] national security council meeting, Afghan President Hamid Karzai ordered the ministry of defence to kick out the US special forces from Wardak … within two weeks,” Faizi said.

Faizi said “misconduct” by people linked to the US special forces in Wardak included the beheading of a student and the capture of nine missing locals.

A US statement said it took all allegations of misconduct seriously.

But said the US could not comment specifically on this latest development “until we have had a chance to speak with senior government officials“, the statement by a spokesman for US special forces said.

“This is an important issue that we must discuss with our Afghan counterparts,” the statement said.   FULL  ARTICLE

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