Karzai orders US special forces to leave key Afghan province

Last Updated: Mon, Feb 25, 2013 05:00 hrs

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has ordered US special forces to leave Wardak province within two weeks after it was claimed that the elite units had been involved in the torture and disappearance of Afghan civilians.

Karzai's office said the decision to order the expulsion of US special forces had been taken at a meeting of the National Security Council.

He statement by his office said that said that 'after a thorough discussion, it became clear that armed individuals named as US special force[s] stationed in Wardak province engage in harassing, annoying, torturing and even murdering innocent people'.

According to the BBC, the presidential statement said Afghan forces were "duty bound" to put a stop to such behaviour, and urged local people to co-operate in bringing them to justice.

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

But the US said it would not comment specifically on this latest development 'until they have a chance to speak with senior government officials'. (ANI)

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