Karzai Boots US Special Forces From Restive Wardak

Gives special forces 2 weeks to get out

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Feb 24, 2013 11:09 AM CST

(Newser) – Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai says all US special forces must leave eastern Wardak province within two weeks because of allegations that Afghans working with them are torturing and abusing other Afghans. Presidential spokesman Aimal Faizi says today's decision was taken during a meeting of the National Security Council because of the alleged actions of Afghans who are linked to the US special forces. He said the government wants the individuals, whom he did not identify, to be handed over to the government. Wardak is a restive province next to Kabul and has been the focus of counterinsurgency efforts.

In this Friday, Oct 26, 2012 file photo, Afghan President Hamid Karzai turns after reviewing the guard of honor in Kabul, Afghanistan.   (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus, File)
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