U.S. Special Operators Accused of Torture, Ordered Expelled by Korzi

The Afghan president has ordered US special forces to leave Wardak province within two weeks over allegations of disappearances and torture.

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The measures were being taken due to the actions of Afghans considered to be part of US special forces, said a spokesman for Hamid Karzai.

The strategically significant, central province of Wardak has been the recent focus of counter-insurgency operations.

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

But he said he could not comment specifically on this latest development.

In a hastily convened news conference, the presidential spokesman said US special forces would have to leave Wardak within the next two weeks.

“There are some individuals, some Afghans, who are working within these cells, within these [US] special forces groups” in Wardak province, said spokesman Aimal Faizi.

“But they are part of US special forces according to our sources and according to our local officials working in the province,” he said.

These Afghan units are facing allegations of involvement torture and disappearances, says the BBC’s Karen Allen in Kabul. A preliminary investigation also blamed them for beheading a university student in the province.

Wardak is seen as a gateway for the Taliban to target Kabul, our correspondent adds.

The accountability of US forces and local militia working with them has been a growing source of friction in Afghan-US relations.

A week ago, Mr Karzai banned Afghan forces from calling in foreign air strikes on residential areas, following the deaths of 10 civilians in a night raid in eastern Kunar province.

Mr Karzai gave a blunt statement for the reasons for the ban.

“Our forces ask for air support from foreigners and children get killed in an air strike,” he said.

Via:bbc

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