Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Afghan gov't demands U.S. special forces to evict E. province

   KABUL, Feb. 24 (Xinhua) -- The Afghan government on Sunday demanded the U.S. Special Forces to evict from eastern province of Wardak within two weeks, after a team assigned by President Hamid Karzai found armed individuals called as U.S. Special Force were engaged in "harassing, annoying, torturing and even murdering innocent people".

"The meeting of the National Security Council chaired by President Hamid Karzai on Sunday discussed the security situation in the provinces of Logar and Wardak, the presence of the international forces beyond 2014 and the issue of land seizures in Afghanistan," a statement in Karzai's website said.

"A recent example in the province is an incident in which nine people were disappeared in an operation by this suspicious force and in a separate incident a student was taken away at night from his home, whose tortured body with throat cut was found two days later under a bridge,"

However, Americans reject having conducted any such operation and any involvement of their special force in the province 35 km west of capital Kabul, it said.

The Ministry of Defense was assigned to make sure all U.S. special forces are out of the Wardak province within two weeks, the statement noted.

Effective from February 24, 2013 onward, the ISAF has to stop all its special force operations in Wardak province, it added.

The meeting also held an in-depth discussion on the military presence some countries are seeking beyond 2014 in Afghanistan, it said, adding "The meeting decided that any military presence any country may be seeking to retain under the international coalition after 2014 may be allowed only after Afghan government's formal agreement and discretion, to be achieved bilaterally,"

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