BBC News - Karzai orders US special forces out of Afghan province
This bloody endgame is getting worse. For Karzai he is in a cleft stick. Those who put him in power have failed to win popular support.
His office accuses Special Forces in Wardak of torture and murdering innocent people. They have been asked to leave. But will they?
The Americans are seeking clarification...
The Al Jazeera story is here:
"At a press conference in the Afghan capital on Sunday, Aimal Faizi, presidential spokesman, said US special forces were responsible for furthering "insecurity and instability" [in] Maidan Wardak. In today's [weekly] national security council meeting, Afghan President Hamid Karzai ordered the ministry of defence to kick out the US special forces from Wardak ... within two weeks," Faizi said. He said "misconduct" by people linked to the US special forces in Wardak included the beheading of a student and the capture of nine missing locals.
"All the Afghan national security forces are duty bound to protect the life and property of people in Maidan Wardak province by effectively stopping and bringing to justice any groups that enter peoples’ homes in the name of special force and who engage in annoying, harassing and murdering innocent people."
From the Afghan National Security Council comes this: "it became clear that armed individuals named as US special force stationed in Wardak province engage in harassing, annoying, torturing and even murdering innocent people".
The statement points to two recent examples, the disapperance of nine people "in an operation by this suspicious force" and the disappearance of a student that officials say was found two days later with his throat cut under a bridge.
"Such actions have caused local public resentment and hatred."
As they well might.