Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 1 November 2014

US forces 'must quit Afghan region'

A guard keeps watch at the scene of a suicide car bomb attack which killed several people at the National Directorate of Security in Jalalabad (AP)

Afghanistan's president has said 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 said the 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 counter-insurgency efforts.

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