April 24, 2014

No evidence on US troops misconduct in Wardak: ISAF

By Sayed Jawad - Mon Feb 25 2013, 8:08 pm

US troops misconduct Wardak provinceNATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) on Monday announced there was no evidence to prove allegations on US troops regarding abuse, torture, harassment and murder of innocent Afghans in Maidan Wardak province of Afghanistan.

ISAF spokesman BG Gunter Katz following a press conference said ISAF will discuss the issue with the Afghan officials to assess the allegations and will decide regarding the exit of troops from Maidan Wardak province.

He said ISAF will strictly follow the allegations on US special forces regarding misconduct with local residents.

This comes as Afghan president Hamid Karzai on Sunday ordered Afghan defense ministry that all US special forces must leave Maidan Wardak province within the next two weeks.

Presidential palace following a statement said 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. A recent example in the province is an incident in which nine people were disappeared in an operation by this suspicious force and in a separate incident a student was taken away at night from his home, whose tortured body with throat cut was found two days later under a bridge. However, Americans reject having conducted any such operation and any involvement of their special force.

In the meantime Aimal Faizi spokesman for president Karzai also said that all US special forces must leave Maidan Wardak province within the next two weeks.

Reports also suggest that Karzai’s decision was taken after provincial governor and local residents sent a letter regarding misbehaviour of US special forces.

Maidan Wardak province is among the most volatile region in central Afghanistan where militants are openly operating and carry out insurgency activities.

In the meantime NATO senior Civilian Representative in Afghanistan Dominic Medley said, “Ministers reinforced their commitment on the way forward for the new NATO new mission to train, advise and assist the Afghan Security Forces after 2014.”

He said, “This will be a different mission from ISAF and the mission will focus on national and institutional level training. Afghanistan can be confident that NATO support will go well beyond the end of transition in 2014.”

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