Karzai bans US troops from key province based on fault information
By Sayed Jawad - Tue Feb 26 2013, 4:21 pm
Afghan political and military observers blame misrepresentation of information behind president Hamid Karzai’s decision to order US special forces for an immediate withdrawal from Maidan Wardak province of Afghanistan.
The analysts also believe that incorrect information have been provided to Afghan president Hamid Karzai regarding the issue and criticize lack of coordination among the Afghan security institutions and coalition security forces.
Military analyst, Jawid Kohistani quoted by Tolo News said, “Lack of coordination among the Afghan security institutions and coalition security forces could be one of the main reason behind the issue and on other hand reliable information has not been provided to president Hamid Karzai.”
The decision was reportedly taken after residents in the province have complained to human rights groups and provincial leaders of being terrorized in recent months by an Afghan militia that works with U.S. commandos and calls itself “special forces” or “campaign forces.”
In the meantime Afghan defense ministry is preparing to fill the vacuum following US special forces withdrawal from central Maidan Wardak province within the next two weeks.
According to Afghan officials they demanded the pullout of U.S. Special Operations forces from an insurgency-wracked province because the U.S.-backed NATO command here for months has ignored residents’ allegations of severe abuses committed by the elite American troops and armed Afghan irregulars
working with them.
However NATO said its past inquiries found no evidence to support allegations of misconduct by U.S. Special Operations forces in Wardak province, southwest of Kabul.
Meanwhile a commission jointly formed by Afghan and NATO officials is expected to investigate the issue in coming days, including allegations of the arrest, torture and extrajudicial killing of civilians.