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Afghanistan cracks down on advertisements that promote keeping of US troops

Published on Jan 22, 2014 7:04 PM

KABUL (Reuters) - Afghanistan's government, increasingly at odds with Washington, is cracking down on advertisements that promote keeping United States troops in the country after 2014 and has already shut down a spot aired by the country's most widely watched broadcasters.

The commercials - some funded by a US organisation - have drawn official criticism because they urge President Hamid Karzai to abandon his refusal to sign a security pact with the United States that would enable the troops to stay.

Broadcasters, which ran the spots for several weeks, came under investigation on grounds that their source of funding was unclear. All have pulled the advertisements off the air.

"We have launched an investigation into broadcasters to find out where they receive money from for such advertisements," Mr Basir Azizi, a spokesman for the attorney general, told Reuters on Wednesday.

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