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Karzai Orders U.S. Special Forces Out of Key Afghan Province

Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai ordered U.S. special forces to leave a province neighboring the capital within two weeks after investigators said Afghans aiding the troops were torturing and murdering fellow citizens.

A probe ordered by Karzai found Afghans working for U.S. special forces in the strategically important Wardak region were “harassing, annoying, torturing, and even murdering innocent people,” according to an e-mailed statement from the president’s office yesterday. Investigators had been asked to identify causes of insecurity in Wardak and Logar provinces, located west and south of Kabul.