US SF Forces Ordered Out of Afghan Province

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US Forces Ordered Out of Afghan Province

The Afghan president says US troops must leave the Wardak province, following reports of disappearances and torture in the area.



Afghanistan's president has ordered US special forces to leave a restive province close to the capital Kabul, following allegations of torture and murder in the area.

During a national security meeing, Afghan President Hamid Karzai said the troops must leave Wardak province within two weeks.The

"The US special forces and illegal armed groups created by them are causing insecurity, instability, and harass local people in this province," presidential spokesman Aimal Faizi told reporters.

He said armed individuals who had been identified as US special forces in Wardak "engage in harassing, annoying, torturing and even murdering innocent people".

A presidential office statement cited a recent example in which nine people disappeared in an operation conducted by this "suspicious force".

The Americans have rejected having carried out any such operation and the involvement of their special forces, the statement said.

The bulk of NATO's 100,000 troops are due to leave Afghanistan by the end of 2014.

A US Forces Afghanistan (USFOR-A) spokesman said he was aware of the reported comments by Mr Faizi.

"We take all allegations of misconduct seriously and go to great lengths to determine the facts surrounding them," he said.

A series of attacks in eastern Afghanistan earlier in the day showed Taliban insurgents remain on the offensive.

Suicide bombers targeted Afghanistan's intelligence agency and other security forces in four coordinated attacks in the heart of Kabul and outlying areas.

It was a bloody reminder of the insurgency's reach nearly 12 years into the war.

Wardak is viewed as a gateway to the capital and has been the focus of counterinsurgency efforts in recent years.

The Taliban have staged numerous attacks against coalition forces in the province.
 
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How much was he paid to make this decision.
 
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Presumably his next order, as a result of torture and disappearances in the area, would be to order the Taliban to leave.
 
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Yesterday I watched a doco on the Afghanistan National Institute of Music and the delight on so many young faces of those wanting to learn music and how the Director was able to keep non-Muslims and Muslims working together as well as having mixed classes. It was very depressing with the thought that it will all be for naught in a few years.
 
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How much is the betting pool up to that the people conducting these actions are actually Taliban insurgets?
 
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With the ENDEX signal already drafted, it would be oh so tempting for POTUS to say "okay, it's your country and we don't want to be seen as an occupying power so we will pull out. Whilst we're at it, are there any other areas you'd like vacated? In fact, would you like us to go now? And, as we have offended you so much, we realise it would be an insult to you to continue dispensing aid so we'll stop that too". Now, before anybody kicks off the "if we do, the blood and treasure will have been for naught" schtick, let me say that I believe that we achieved the original mission (AQ offed into Pakistan, Taliban defeated and dispersed and the end result offerd up to the legitimate Afghan government) but we then screwed up. First we switched sights to Iraq (and don't get me going on that) and buggered off without making good on the promises we'd made in Afghanistan and then we got into this "making a modern western-style democracy" doo-dah. Add to that our declared cessation of operations and withdrawl and you have given out all the necessary signals to Talibs, the tribal leaders, associated warlords, neighbouring powers and tribes, that this cherry is there for the plucking. Its no wonder that there is a little jostling on the start line in the run up to the Kabul 3000m Steeplechase.
 
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I've had first hand experience of some of the US "SF" in Afghanistan and I wish most of them would **** off too!
 
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With the ENDEX signal already drafted, it would be oh so tempting for POTUS to say "okay, it's your country and we don't want to be seen as an occupying power so we will pull out. Whilst we're at it, are there any other areas you'd like vacated? In fact, would you like us to go now?
I'm sure those thoughts have been had in DC and London.
Carrying this out would only be hampered by the dust of Karzai and his cronies heading for the exit.
WAK would be deserted and the coalition would be left holding the capital.
Rinse and repeat and the Taliban would be back in K'har within weeks of the withdrawal.
Post-ISAF planning must be keeping ISI busy at nights.
 

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